The port commissions of Seattle and Tacoma voted unanimously Tuesday to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance, bringing together two old foes on the US West Coast.
“We have moved from fierce competitors to bold collaborators,” Port of Tacoma commission president Don Johnson said in a statement. “We recognise how critical the maritime industry is to our state’s economy, and we are proud and excited to strengthen it even more.”
John Wolfe, current Port of Tacoma ceo, has been nominated ceo of the alliance.
The two ports have come under great pressure from British Columbia in particular in recent years where terminals at Prince Rupert and Vancouver have taken away much business.