Port of Olympia Offers an Alternative to the Container Logjam
Nate Burgher Photography, 2022
During its 100 years in operation, the Port of Olympia has seen many different cargoes move across its docks. From forest products to shipping containers to livestock, the port has handled a wide variety of breakbulk and project cargo. Despite the ups and downs of the market over time, forest products have remained a staple at Olympia’s seaport. In fact, in recent years, forest products have been the majority of the cargo moving through Olympia - that is, until late 2021.
When most ports across the nation were backlogged with containerized freight, the Port of Olympia offered a solution to customers who were looking for different opportunities to move their goods. Customers began rethinking the way they shipped their cargo by taking it from container to breakbulk. By offering customers an alternative route for fulfilling their needs, the port began to see demand for diverse cargoes.
Different and unique cargoes require special attention, close collaboration and communication, and enough assets and resources to ensure that they are handled safely and efficiently. The Port of Olympia prides itself on handling challenging and unique cargoes and has a long record of success.
Over the last six months, Olympia has handled many new imports, including jasmine rice, steel pipe, coils and modules. Exports have included hay and repeat cargoes, like dairy cattle and forest products.
With a unique partnership that has proven to benefit shippers, the Port and ILWU Local 47 approach each customer and cargo as a team. The individuals involved in moving the cargo are active in pricing and coordinating cargo movements, guaranteeing that the customer is the priority. This approach has given Port of Olympia a reputation for productivity and trust.
The Port’s knowledgeable team, along with ILWU Local 47, are using creativity and innovation to move cargo efficiently while maximizing storage acreage available for use. In addition to its 76,000 square foot on-dock open beam warehouse, the Port of Olympia has a mobile harbor crane and on-dock rail. Let our team help you with your diversified and specialty cargo needs. Contact the Port of Olympia at 360-528-8033 to see if they can be an alternative solution during these challenging times.
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Seaport Staff Highlight
David Fetch is a Marine Terminal Facilities Maintenance Technician for the Port of Olympia's Marine Terminal.
David began working at the Port of Olympia in March 2022. In his position, he conducts routine ongoing preventative and corrective maintenance, repair, and service activities of Marine Terminal facilities and equipment.
He joins our team with more than 20 years of experience working for his family’s construction business. He also served as part of the Port of Tacoma’s maintenance team.
In his free time, you can find David and his family skiing on the mountain, on the sideline of soccer fields, and boating on the lake or bay.
Vessel First Visits to the Port of Olympia
M/V Yunnan - March 2022
M/V Billesborg - March 2022
M/V James Bay - April 2022
M/V Morning Orchid - April 2022
M/V Mont Blanc - April 2022
M/V Global Round - May 2022
M/V Happy Diamond - May 2022
M/V HSL Chicago - May 2022
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We are deeply saddened by the April 2, 2022, passing of former Port employee Kim Kawada after a more than two and a half year battle with a rare form of brain cancer.
Kim served her more than 21-year career at the Port as part of the marine terminal team, coordinating logistics for more than 30 different cargoes destined for or originating from more than 12 countries. In addition, Kim served as the Honorary Commander of the United States Air Force 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron from November 2018 to November 2020. Kim was an active member of the Northwest Marine Terminal Association (NMTA), completing her term as President in 2020.
Those who worked alongside Kim know what a thoughtful, caring, fair, and compassionate human she was. She will be deeply missed at the Port of Olympia and within the Marine Terminal community.
Facilities & Services
With a strategic Pacific Northwest location and a productive workforce, you can count on innovative service and competitive pricing. We are ready to meet your unique cargo and performance needs.
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Sea Camels for Lease
Sea camels intended for vessel standoff are available for sale or lease. Each section is 4.5' x 66' and weighs approximately 25,500 lbs. Click here to learn more.
SUCCEED WITH US, CHOOSE OLYMPIA
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.