Port of Olympia Aims to Exceed Expectations for Breakbulk Cargo
The Port of Olympia’s marine terminal has played an important role in the South Sound’s economy since the formation of the Port, in 1922. The southernmost port on Puget Sound, the present 66-acre terminal has three deepwater berths with a total of 1,750 lineal feet, a 140-tonne Gottwald mobile harbor crane, an on-dock, open beam warehouse, and on-dock rail service. As other West Coast ports concentrate on container cargoes, Port of Olympia has focused on a variety of breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes. In recent years, these operations have included forest products, livestock, bulk grains, steel, oil and gas products, minerals, military cargoes, and layberth.
The marine terminal is centrally located to serve Puget Sound and the Columbia River Basin, providing ready access to local, regional and international markets. Its location - just one mile from Interstate 5, ten miles from the Olympia Regional Airport, and sixty miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – makes the port ideal for any breakbulk shipping needs. On-dock rail service is provided by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads with switching service provided by Olympia & Belmore Railroad (a Genesee & Wyoming company).
The port’s on-dock, 76,000 square foot, open beam construction warehouse facility features eight truck doors with self-leveling ramps and six drive-in doors with spans up to 78 feet wide. Its rail siding has a built-in fall arrest system and the capacity to handle multiple cars.
The Port of Olympia is part of the Green Marine environmental certification program, making it one of the first 40 port authorities to do so globally, and the fourth port in the region. Green Marine is a voluntary third-party certification program that requires participating port authorities to establish baseline performance indicators in multiple facets of marine terminal operations, then demonstrate tangible year-over-year improvements to maintain certification. The certification system evaluates six distinct operational areas, including, spill prevention, dry bulk handling and storage, community impacts, environmental leadership, waste management, and greenhouse gases.
Professional teamwork and partnership with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 47 and local stevedoring companies provide 24-hour availability with a reputation for productivity. The port and ILWU Local 47 both aim to exceed expectations and build relationships based on trust as their top priority. No matter the conditions, customers can trust Port of Olympia and ILWU Local 47 to get the job done safely and on schedule.
Len Faucher is the Marine Terminal Director for the Port of Olympia.
Len began working as the Marine Terminal Director for the Port of Olympia in January of 2015. He has successfully fulfilled the commission goals of diversifying cargo portfolio by adding dairy cattle exports to Vietnam, organic grain imports from Turkey, and a gold ore import from Europe while maintaining strong relationships with existing log tenants Weyerhaeuser and Holbrook.
Len is a 1999 graduate from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York where he earned a BS in Marine Transportation, a commission as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and his unlimited tonnage third mate’s license. Len received his MBA from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. Previous work included working as a shore-side ship scheduler for Hess Corporation and later worked with the shipbroker C.R. Weber Company.
Len lives just outside of Lacey with his wife Margaret and three young children Charlotte, Elizabeth, and Nicholas. He is active in the community serving on the boards of Rotary, Hands-On Children’s Museum, Leadership Thurston County, and Propeller Club of Tacoma as well as participating in charity work with Homeless Backpacks and the BBB event with Gateway Rotary. In his spare time, Len enjoys watching and playing sports, reading, hiking, skiing, playing chess, and running.
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The Port of Olympia launched a new website in March. Click here to visit the new Seaport page.
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When it comes to special handling needs, the Port of Olympia has the equipment, experience, and know-how to get the job done right. When you make the move with us, you can expect customized, efficient shipping services that enhance your bottom line.
Owned and operated by the Port of Olympia, our 66-acre terminal is situated on Budd Inlet at the head of Puget Sound. We are centrally located to serve Puget Sound and the Columbia River Basin, providing ready access to local, regional and international markets.
A complete cargo facility focused on breakbulk, bulk and ro-ro goods.
Rail service provided by Union Pacific and BNSF with an on dock rail loop. Switching provided by the Olympia and Belmore Railroad.
Three modern, deepwater berths.
Strong working relationship with the ILWU to efficiently and safely expedite your cargo.
Heavy machinery, conveyor system, a heavy-lift mobile harbor crane, and truck scales.
A 76,000 sqft on-dock warehouse.
Easy access to Interstate 5.
Midway between Vancouver, Canada and Portland, Oregon.