Port Traffic

March 12th, 2006

SSA Marine, a Seattle port operator, is poised to start burning biodiesel in its numerous transport machinery. It is also a prime candidate to take over the Dubai Ports World assets in the United States. (Seattle Times article here.)

Terminal 18 is a frenetic environment; the ship-to-shore cranes load and off-load containers (cans) while tractor trailers (hustlers) roar down the waterfront to take each container deeper into the terminal where over-sized forklifts (top-picks) remove the cans and stack them in towering rows. Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes (RTG’s) will sort and load the cans into different piles…and then there are the operator-owned semi trailers picking up or delivering more cans–they are the interface for interstate commerce, taking cans to the rail yard or driving them off on the interstate.

Add a brisk wind off of Elliott Bay, gorgeous downtown views, the roar of engines and a pall of diesel exhaust and you’ve got Terminal 18.

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