The Port of Everett is expecting to award the contract this month for the final phase of cleanup in the Everett Shipyard upland, which is a key six-acre site in the heart of the Marina district. The land cleanup portion is expected to take between six and eight months, wrapping up in early 2014, at which time the Port will shift its focus to the water portion. That phase will include dredging to remove contaminated soil and removing old equipment. The final phase, adding public walkways and realigning the marina slips, will be initiated when the in-water phase is complete, and will be done with an eye toward the Marina District Development Strategy, which provides for the construction of a mix of housing, restaurants, and hospitality, and improvements to the marina overall.
Port of Seattle has recently joined the Green Marine program, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America, and is the first US port outside of the Great Lakes region to do so. Becoming a signatory means that the port is committed to addressing and reducing its environmental footprint through key meansures and concrete actions, such as air emissions and environmental leadership. In a sign of the program’s relevance and community support, more than 40 environmental groups and government agencies have endorsed and help shape the program, with the aid of academics and marine industry representatives. Green Marine fits in perfectly with the Port of Seattle’s reputation as the Green Gateway, offering the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped by sea and rail from Asia to the Midwest.
At the Port of Tacoma, the progress on the port’s 10 year goals is being praised, and deservedly so. On the environmental side of things, the port has decreased diesel pollutants by nearly 24% in the last year, putting them on track to achieve their goal of 85% reduction by 2022. This goal will be aided by the use of natural gas in the Alaska trailership company TOTE and the efforts that shipowners are making to reduce the use of sulphur-based fuels. The port also has a significant land cleanup goal of 200 more acres by 2021. They did not do any cleanup this year, but did make preparations for cleaning well over 100 acres in 2014, which will put the port far ahead of schedule to meet their 200 acre goal.