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Port of Seattle cancels plans for new cruise terminal amid Covid-19

PortandTerminal.com, July 29, 2020

SEATTLE – The Port of Seattle has formally cancelled its request for industry proposals for the construction and operation of a new cruise terminal.

The cruise terminal was to be built in the preferred location of Terminal 46.

Last April Commissioners conceded that it made little economic sense to continue plans to redevelop part of Terminal 46 near Pioneer Square into the city’s fourth cruise ship berth. At that time the decision taken was to “postpone” the new cruise terminal project.

In announcing the decision to cancel the project, for now, Port of Seattle executive director Steve Metruck said: “Our current focus remains on public health.

“We continue to work with public health partners and cruise stakeholders to determine the enhanced procedures that will make our cruise passenger terminals and facilities safe for the community, passengers and crew in 2021.

“The last two decades of growth indicate that there is durable demand for Seattle cruises. When we can, we will convert that demand into more business opportunities and jobs for our region.”

READ: Activists protest Seattle cruise terminal expansion: Call Carnival Cruise “Criminals”

Others though will be glad to see the project cancelled. In November, protestors demonstrated to express their concern over how the cruise terminal expansion proposal would impact local air quality and water quality, and contribute to global climate change. 

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