Port of Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor Handles First Shipment of Import Autos

October 2010 - The Port of Grays Harbor, Washington State’s only deep-water port on the outer Pacific Coast, welcomed the M/V Morning Menad, a ro/ro vessel carrying more than 3100 autos. The vessel, operated by Eukor Car Carriers, will discharge the brand new Kia automobiles beginning Thursday, employing hundreds of longshore workers over the full offloading.

Autos loading into ship.

Members of ILWU Local 24 carefully transport brand new KIA automobiles from the M/V Morning Menad to their storage area at Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 4.

Grays Harbor has been positioning itself as a potential auto port for the last few years. The Port’s Marine Terminal 4 boasts two deep-water berths with paved uplands, warehousing and dockside rail access. “Grays Harbor’s strategic location on Washington’s outer coast and our North American rail connections are a perfect fit for auto movements of this size,” reports Leonard Barnes, Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Grays Harbor. “Port staff and our longshore labor force are capable of handling this movement efficiently and professionally for our customer.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that Longshoremen in the community of Grays Harbor are capable of handling this type of cargo” expressed Billy Swor, Secretary of the International Longshore Workers Union Local 24. “The Port has worked tirelessly to attract new cargoes to our community and this fulfills our longtime wish to add autos to the list of diversified cargoes we handle in Grays Harbor. “

The Port of Grays Harbor, Washington State’s only deepwater port on the Pacific Coast, operates 4 marine terminals and over 400 acres of industrial property. Only 1 vessel hours from open sea, Grays Harbor offers rail and highway access to markets throughout North America.

“Grays Harbor’s strategic location on Washington’s outer coast and our North American rail connections are a perfect fit for auto movements of this size.”

Leonard Barnes, Port of Grays Harbor Deputy Director

Autos on terminal four.