Temporary Delay in Proposed New Cruise Terminal Project
April 28, 2020 - The Port of Seattle has temporarily delayed the proposed new Cruise Terminal Project at the preferred location of Terminal 46 while staff evaluates the COVID-19 Alaska cruise industry impacts. Staff will return to the Port Commission in the fourth quarter of 2020 with a report on the status of the industry and recommendations on next steps with the proposed new Cruise Terminal Project. Supporting documents on this temporary delay are available for review under the Library tab.
Welcome to the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development at Terminal 46 online engagement site. We’re glad you’re part of the conversation. The Port is committed to listening to our stakeholders and working with them to solicit input regarding the Proposed Action and reasonable alternatives, and to identify concerns regarding the potential environmental effects of the Proposed Action.
What are the Project objectives?
- The proposed new cruise terminal would add the capacity needed to accommodate the growing demand for Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and West Coast cruises, which can no longer be met by the three berths at the Port’s two existing terminals (Terminal 91 and Pier 66).
- The Port adopted the Cruise Business Development Principles, which guide its cruise business and its engagement with Partners and stakeholders in the operation of existing and potential new cruise facilities, including the proposed facility at Terminal 46. The main principles are as follows:
- Maximize the use of the Port’s deep-water facilities and industrial lands to serve maritime industrial uses.
- Expand economic, cultural, and community benefits within cruise operations and development.
- Support financial sustainability of the Port of Seattle.
- Incorporate leading edge environmental stewardship and sustainability practices and facilities that can exceed existing regulations.
- Facilitate improved transportation mobility of people and goods in the region.
- Provide consistent excellence in customer service to strengthen Seattle’s role as the West Coast’s premier cruise port.
The Port of Seattle is proposing to develop a new cruise terminal. Analysis of the cruise market and cruise ship deployment supports the need for a fourth berth to meet the demand for Port of Seattle cruise services, which can no longer be met by the three berths at the Port’s two existing terminals (Terminal 91 and Pier 66). Terminal 46 (401 Alaskan Way S, Seattle, WA) is the preferred project location and the new cruise terminal would be part of a flexible marine transportation facility, which will continue to support cargo and other marine operations.
A cruise terminal at Terminal 46 would occupy the northern 29 acres of the overall 86.5-acre terminal facility. The remainder of the site would be maintained as a marine cargo facility and administrative use.
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is a state law. It requires agencies to evaluate the likely environmental consequences of proposed development actions. SEPA provides direction for the environmental review process, including preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for certain projects.
The Port of Seattle, as lead agency, acknowledges that there is public interest and concern about the potential environmental impacts of implementing the Proposed Action. Based on that level of concern and the potential for impacts that may occur with the implementation of the Proposed Action, the Port of Seattle has determined that a SEPA EIS will be prepared to study impacts regardless of whether such impacts may be significant.
The Port of Seattle is proposing to develop a new cruise terminal at Terminal 46 as part of a flexible marine transportation facility that will continue to support cargo and other marine operations. The Port will determine alternatives based on an assessment of options that could feasibly achieve the project’s objective. For the Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development, we will analyze no-action and action alternatives. Any action alternatives will include the same work elements.
The Port has preliminarily identified nine environmental elements for analysis in the EIS. For each environmental element, we will evaluate the probable impacts associated with the proposed action and operations.
The environmental elements we plan to study with examples of the types of analyses are provided below:
Use this section to find planning documents, fact sheets, and media reports about the Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development. For additional information, visit the Port of Seattle New Cruise Terminal page.
The Port of Seattle is proposing to develop a new cruise terminal at Terminal 46 as part of a flexible marine transportation facility, which will continue to support cargo and other marine operations. An EIS is being prepared, which will evaluate potential impacts to Earth, Water Resources, Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Analysis, Noise, Biological Resources, Aesthetics/Light and Glare, Historic/Cultural Resources, Transportation, and Environmental Justice.
Due to the temporary delay in the project (issued on April 28, 2020), the anticipated release date of the Draft EIS and next opportunity for public comment through the environmental review process cannot be determined at this time. Staff will brief the Port Commission in the fourth quarter of 2020 on the status of the industry and recommendation on next steps with the proposed new Cruise Terminal Project and will update this website once more information is available. The Port sought public comments as part of scoping, which ended on November 27, 2019. A summary of comments was posted on this site on February 6, 2020.
Additional details on the project can be found at portseattle.org/projects/new-cruise-terminal.
Thank you for visiting the online engagement site for the Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development.