Student Research

Seattle Port Infrastructure and Required Renovations

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research

This paper analyzes what Seattle can do to support the larger TEU vessels overwhelming aging port infrastructure in their container terminals. Larger container vessels are beginning to overwhelm port infrastructure in United States ports that are attempting to renovate to the larger ships. Seattle has terminal infrastructure with inadequate renovations to keep up with newer and larger ships bringing more containers. The main goal for Seattle’s future infrastructure is to improve infrastructure efficiencies through terminal development and automation implementation. The improvements will combat the port infrastructure problem against growing container vessels. Two questions were asked. What are the challenges in renovating port infrastructure and what are other ports doing? The key challenges to automate Seattle includes security risks, financing investments to renovation projects, and automation concerns. Two case studies were done for Seattle and Long Beach ports and three Asian ports to compare the challenges and see the port success. Results found security in Seattle should be upgraded as more technology is added to port infrastructure. Current investments of Seattle could fully automate a terminal now if funds are allocated. Automated ships and terminals will be future of the maritime industry. The other ports compared have shown devotion to investing in their terminal infrastructure and being the ports of the future with automation implemented at every port. The maritime industry and the ships show no signs of slowing down for terminals. Evidence found shows the Port of Seattle truly needs to automate infrastructure to meet demand of the maritime industry. Several solutions are available for Seattle’s port to improve itself regarding efficiency. Main challenge impacts can be reduced with automation and good investments into terminal infrastructure.