Tacoma Sea-Land Terminal: A Project Management Challenge

by John J. Terpstra, Port of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


The Port of Tacoma completed a new two berth container terminal and intermodal yard for Sea-Land in May 1985 in only 26 months after signing a binding agreement. The project, which also included a new terminal for Totem Ocean Trailer Express because of space conflicts, required intensive project management and strong leadership to overcome literally hundreds of opposing actions and constraints. Items presented include an explanation of scheduling techniques, the management organization, permitting actions, real estate transactions, intermodal yard development, semi 'fast track' nature of the project, design progress problems, contractor interface controls, and contaminated dredge materials problems. The project was completed on time and only minimally above budget.

Subject Headings: Project management | Construction management | Ports and harbors | Container shipping | Coastal management | Berths | Organizations | Dredged materials | Washington | United States | Tacoma

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