Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle:
Where a Sustainable World is Headed

About the Port

The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade , transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, and supports industries as diverse as tourism and commercial fishing . The Port is also a key builder of road and rail infrastructure, partnering with other agencies to improve freight traffic from Tacoma to Everett.

The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – the nation’s 17th busiest – handling more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010. The Port’s passenger cruise terminals at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Terminal will handle 195 ship calls and an estimated 800,000 passengers during the 2011 season.

State-of-the-art cargo handling facilities helped rank Seattle as the nation’s 6th busiest U.S. seaport in 2010, serving 22 international steamship lines moving more than 2.1 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers). The Port also operates four public marinas , and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and broad economic advantage.

The Port’s vision is to be the cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the nation, and uses the tagline, “Where a sustainable world is headed” to communicate that goal. The Puget Sound region is already in attainment of federal air quality standards, and the Port’s many environmental programs are designed for real benefits to the community and a competitive edge for our customers.


Seattle offers the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped by sea from Asia to major markets in the Midwest and East Coast. That’s what makes us the Green Gateway for trade. This was determined by the ” Carbon Footprint Study of the Asia to North America Intermodal Trade ,” conducted by Herbert Engineering Corp., which looks at CO2e emissions of intermodal shipments from Asia to North American markets.


The Port of Seattle’s Seaport is one of the most diverse in the United States. It is home to a wide range of maritime activities that brings trade to the region and generates thousands of jobs.

The Seaport is made up of 1,543 acres of waterfront land and nearby properties including container terminals, general purpose/cargo terminals, foreign trade zone, break-bulk cargo and refrigerated cargo and storage.

Port of Seattle Announces Partial Opening of East Marginal Way Project
The Port of Seattle will open the south-bound portion of the East Marginal Way Grade Separation Project to ease congestion during the nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. This new connection will provide access to southbound SR-99 from both southbound East Marginal Way and eastbound lower Spokane Street. The attached graphic provides a visual aid for how the grade separation will facilitate smoother traffic flow.
In addition, a traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of lower Spokane Street and East Marginal Way. See a more complete description of the project , a part of the FAST Corridor program.

Port of Seattle Continues to be the Green Gateway for Trade
New study expands groundbreaking work comparing carbon impacts from Asia to U.S. destinations

Compass Point : The new and improved September Cargo Newsletter
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Drayage Truck Registry Now Available Online. Register your truck Today ! Get the flyer and more details here .

Drayage Truck Registry Office Moved
New location is: Port of Seattle Maintenance Shop
25 South Horton Street
Download the flyer for complete details and driving directions

Clean Truck Program Begins at Port Terminals
Clear skies as new clean air program goes into effect

Cruise News

Seattle provides convenience and value to passengers sailing to Alaska. New ships and two downtown cruise terminals make sailing out of Seattle an extremely attractive travel option for passengers looking for the convenience of cruising from a U.S. based port.

Seattle’s 2011 cruise season features even more choices than before! Select from 10 premier ships for your cruise adventure. Whether you’re looking for a 7-day Alaska cruise or the more lesuirely 14-day voyage, it makes sense to sail from Seattle.

In 2012 Seattle expects to host 201 cruise ship visits and 880,918 passengers. Check out the 2012 fact sheet .

Homeport cruise lines include:

Cruise Lines

Cruise Terminals

Seattle provides convenience and value to passengers sailing to Alaska. Two downtown cruise terminals and convenient air travel connections at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport make cruising easy.

Smith Cove Cruise Terminal / Pier 91

2001 W. Garfield StreetSeattle’s new cruise terminal at Pier 91 is located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront, just 10 minutes from the city’s retail core and famous Space Needle. Smith Cove is home to Carnival, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

Passenger Amenities:

  • Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Photos .
  • Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Ground Transportation Video .
  • Onboard airline check-in and luggage handling. Visit Guest Relations on your ship for more details.
  • Cruise terminal concierge offers luggage storage before and after cruises, plus city information.
  • Rental car kiosk.
  • 1,000 secure parking spaces with complimentary shuttle to terminal.
  • Cell phone lot for convenient passenger pickup.
  • Oversize vehicles and RVs welcome.

Bell Street Pier / Pier 66

2225 Alaskan WayThe Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal anchors an 11-acre complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is home to Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which offer weekly sailings to Alaska.

Passenger Amenities:

  • Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Photos .
  • Onboard airline check-in and luggage handling. Visit Guest Relations on your ship for more details.
  • Cruise terminal concierge offers luggage storage before and after cruises, plus city information.
  • Rental car kiosk.
  • 1,700-space parking garage directly across the street offers secure parking and a complimentary shuttle to terminal.
  • Restaurants and recreational marina.

Latest News

2011 Cruise Season Sets Sail at the Port of Seattle
Each vessel call generates almost $2 million for local economy

Cruise Season Begins! Crystal Symphony arrives Friday Morning
Port of call from Crystal Cruises marks beginning of 2011 cruise season at Bell Street Pier

Port of Seattle Sets New Cruise Ship, Passenger Records in 2010

Check out the 2011 Cruise Brochure .

Commercial Moorage

The Port of Seattle provides commercial moorage for a wide range of ocean-going vessels.

  • Bell Harbor Marina on Pier 66 offers daily, hourly, and monthly moorage at the heart of Seattle ‘s downtown waterfront.
  • Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle has freshwater guest and monthly moorage available for recreational vessels.
  • Harbor Island Marina has permanent freshwater moorage for up to 80 boats.
  • Shilshole Bay Marina is the undisputed sailing center of the Northwest and a favorite choice for sailboaters and powerboaters alike. Guest and monthly moorage are available.

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