Port of Tacoma Commissioners are expected to consider a request to purchase five new straddle carriers to replace older cargo-handling equipment at a meeting on Thursday.
Commissioners also will consider design work for a stormwater treatment system at the West Hylebos log yard.
After the action agenda, commissioners will also receive a progress report on developing a Land Use and Transportation Plan to support the Port’s 2012-2022 Strategic Plan.
The proposed purchase and planning review come at a time when the port is posting strong gains in containerized traffic from a year ago.
Containerized imports grew 45 percent and exports were up nearly 44 percent as shippers prepared for the Lunar New Year. Factories in China close their doors for one to two weeks for the holiday in early February. The volumes also continue to reflect the addition of the Grand Alliance and its associated carriers.
Meanwhile, automobile imports through the port improved 26 percent as car dealers built up their inventory. Demand for autos is expected to improve this year, as the U.S. economy slowly improves and pent-up demand drives consumers back to showrooms.
Commission meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road. While meetings usually are the first and third Thursdays of the month, the March meetings fall on the second and fourth Thursdays. Meetings are available live and on demand from the port's website.