In their new location at Terminal 46, the Pacific Maritime Association will provide important labor training and services that support the Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway.

Terminal 46 in Seattle will be the new home to a state-of-the-art training facility providing training opportunities for longshore workers and other maritime positions.

Earlier this month, the Managing Members of The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) approved the final lease for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to utilize Terminal 46 and Crane 80 for their new regional training location.

Each year, longshore workers move millions of containers and breakbulk cargo, which requires skilled training to ensure efficient operations. As cargo volumes increase, the 10-year PMA facility lease will ensure local longshore workers are trained in operation and safety measures that will serve the NWSA gateway.

“This state-of-the art training facility on Seattle’s central waterfront is critical to making our deep-water seaports the most efficient on the West Coast,” stated Port of Seattle Commissioner and NWSA Managing Member Stephanie Bowman. “The partnership between the ports, labor and management to invest in training will ultimately benefit Washington’s exporters, helping them deliver their world-class products more quickly to markets around the world.”

Stephanie Bowman - Port of Seattle Commissioner and NWSA Managing Member
Stephanie Bowman - Port of Seattle Commissioner and NWSA Managing Member

PMA currently operates a training facility at Terminal 5. With Phase One of the Terminal 5 Modernization Project nearing completion, PMA operations are impacted by construction, making Terminal 46 an essential move for continued training in the gateway. When operational at Terminal 46, Crane 80 will be the first crane dedicated solely for training use by the PMA.

“The Pacific Maritime Association is proud to be working with the Northwest Seaport Alliance to develop this state-of-the-art training facility to promote a skilled, safe and efficient ILWU workforce at the Port of Seattle,” said Nairobi Russ, the PMA’s Northwest Area Director. “This facility and its dedicated crane will help ensure that we maintain a skilled workforce to keep our port terminals thriving and accommodate the historic cargo surge that is impacting our entire supply chain.”

Nairobi Russ, the PMA’s Northwest Area Director
Nairobi Russ, the PMA’s Northwest Area Director