Seattle and Tacoma agree to alliance

Seattle and Tacoma agree to alliance

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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