The pace of activity at the Port of Tacoma has been dialed up to high with the arrival of four new shipping lines last month.
Those shipping lines, a consortium called the Grand Alliance, are calling at the port’s Washington United Terminal on the Blair Waterway.
You can see for yourself that new shipping business on free boat tours of the port set for Aug. 26 during the Tacoma Maritime Fest.
Tours begin and end at 535 Dock St. in the heart of the Tacoma festival at Thea’s Park.
During the narrated tour, visitors will see ships and marine terminals up close, cruise under the world’s largest container cranes, glimpse Port-constructed wildlife habitat and learn about some of the other Tideflats-based businesses that boost our region’s economy, the port said in a news release.
Boat tours are Sunday only. Departures are 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.
Tickets are first-come, first-served the day of the tours. Arrive 30 minutes before departure to make sure to secure a seat aboard the 250-passenger boat.
Passengers with mobility challenges should plan to take the 4 p.m. tour when the tide makes it easier to board.
For directions and information about parking, see http://www.maritimefest.org/map-directions/. For more information about the boat tours, call (253) 597-7564.