Community

Port on a mission

Tradition of job creation, quality of life continues at the Port of Anacortes

Since our inception in 1926, the Port of Anacortes has been a major contributor to the local economy and quality of life. Port operations support more than 1,000 jobs in Anacortes; 552 workers are employed by our industrial and marine customers alone. These jobs support hundreds of others in Anacortes and the surrounding area; every time a worker gets a haircut, buys lunch, or fills up their gas tank, they support other workers and families. And our world-class marina is popular with locals and international travelers alike and contributes nearly $4 million to the local economy each year.

We are very proud of these contributions to our community and region. And we have room to grow and provide more jobs and economic benefit for the future. To do this, we must invest in the modernization of our facilities and increase our competitiveness as a deep-water shipping port and economic hub for our community.

 

Marine Terminal Modernization

We have identified several capital improvement projects within our marine terminal that would increase our ability to serve customers and ship cargo to and from Anacortes and across the globe. We utilized a 2019 Community Economic Revitalization Board Planning Grant to evaluate and identify a clear path toward modernization, including steps to pursue the markets that are best suited for our marine terminal.

This plan, known as the Marine Terminal Modernization Plan, documents our evaluation of projects and markets and identifies seven key capital improvement projects:

  • $3.9 to 5.9 million for Pier 1 fender upgrades
  • $4.8 to 19.7 million for Pier 2 berth deepening
  • $0.4 to 0.6 million for Commercial Avenue street improvements
  • $6.8 to 10.2 million for a new Pier 2 mobile bulk ship loader
  • $0.5 to 0.8 million for a commercial vessel pump-out
  • $3.1 to 4.7 million for a shore-to-ship power system
  • $4.1 to 6.2 million to repurpose the White Tent

Through construction, these improvements could temporarily increase job numbers by 150 direct and induced jobs, providing $23 million in total wages over two years. Conservative estimates also predict need for 75 permanent jobs and 60 additional indirect jobs as modernized facilities attract new employers. These new jobs would support a total of $7.2 million in annual wages.

By modernizing the Port’s most profitable business—the marine terminal—we will provide momentum to drive regional vitality while continuing to sustain a healthy environment.

Learn more about how the Port of Anacortes supports our community and environment at portofanacortes.com.

About the Port

The Port of Anacortes, in partnership with public agencies and private business, develops and manages facilities and services which stimulate private job creation and commerce, while protecting the quality of life, needs and desires of area residents. We do this by maintaining jobs, attracting employers and commerce, protecting the environment, and providing public services and amenities for Anacortes and Skagit County.