Seattle halts plans to develop a new cruise terminal

Seattle Port said yesterday July 29th that it had called off its request for industry proposals for a joint investment to build and operate a proposed new cruise terminal, the port’s fourth, that would have served the Alaska market.

Attributing the cancellation to the need at the moment to focus on public health, Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck said that “we continue to work with public health partners and cruise stakeholders to determine the enhanced procedures that will make our cruise passenger terminals and facilities safe for the community, passengers and crew in 2021.”

Prior to the pandemic, the Port of Seattle had forecast a record year for 2020 with 233 cruise vessels scheduled to sail from the port. The cruise industry supports 5,500 jobs, and provides nearly $900m in economic activity.

The port suspended its planning for a new terminal at Terminal 46, stating that it needed to understand better the short- and long-term impacts of Covid-19 on the cruise industry

The port said that it would be preparing a recommendation for the Cruise Terminal Project when there was a greater certainty about future demand.

The Port of Seattle and Northwest Seaport Alliance said that they planned to continue with prior projects to make Terminal 46 more sustainable and durable for long-term general maritime use. These include installing stormwater treatment infrastructure and refurbishing the dock.