Grand Alliance Shifting To Tacoma


(from the Port of Tacoma website)

March 8, 2012

Washington United Terminals to receive Grand Alliance business

The Port of Tacoma is excited that its customer, Washington United Terminals, was selected by the NATC Group, which represents the Grand Alliance, to bring additional container lines and the associated jobs to our community.

photo courtesy of Port of Tacoma

We expect the new business to begin this July.

More information will be shared as Washington United Terminals and the NATC Group work through the details.

The shipping industry has undergone dramatic change in the past three years in response to tremendous economic and competitive pressures. Shipping lines have formed alliances to share ship space, terminal capacity and reduce fuel costs. Maersk’s alliance two years ago with CMA CGM is an example of what we might expect to see in the coming years until the economy recovers.

“We are confident that, together with our labor partners, we will continue to provide stellar service to our valued customers and community, and in doing so, will continue to realize new business opportunities at the Port of Tacoma,” said Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe.

About the Port of Tacoma
 The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.