The PLA is designed to assure that work can proceed on the two related construction projects without interruption. “Both of these projects are to be built within very strict time constraints,” said Commission president John Creighton. “There are limitations on when work can be done in the water, for example, and the projects are phased so that both can be ready early in 2009. It is essential that they go forward without interruption.”
Terminal 30 has been used for cruise operations, but will be converted to its original use as a container terminal. When combined with Terminal 25, it will provide 70 acres for container use. The terminal has been leased by SSA, which already operates Terminal 18 in Seattle.
Terminal 91 is currently used by the Bering Sea factory trawler fleet when it is in port over the winter. Moving cruise ships there for the summer season months, from April through October, will provide year-round use of the facility.
The PLA with the Seattle-King County Building Trades Council addresses work conditions and rules, and includes a no-strike agreement by all signatory unions for the duration of the construction projects.