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Category: Port of Tacoma


Longshore worker taken to hospital after injury at Port of Tacoma

A longshore worker was injured today when a bar he was using to remove lashings from containers on a ship hit him in the eye and cheek, according to the Port of Tacoma.

The man was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.

The longshoreman was working on a ship in the Olympic Container Terminal when he was injured, she said, adding that it appeared that the bar “got away from him.”

The Tacoma Fire Department responded to the ship just before 6 p.m. and transported the worker

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Port security officer recovering in hospital after semitrailer crash Monday

A Port of Tacoma security officer was seriously injured just before noon Monday when a semitrailer plowed into a jersey barrier at the main gate, Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.

The man, who started working for the Port in 1999, came through surgery well Monday, and his injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

It appears the semitrailer took the corner at Port of Tacoma Road and East 11th Street too sharply and pushed the barrier into the officer’s leg, Mattina said.

The officer was outside the security booth at the gate at the time, conceivably preparing to check the driver’s

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Counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma this morning

Multiple agencies are converging on the Port of Tacoma this morning to practice finding and disposing of improvised explosive devices.

The counter-terrorism exercises will take place along the Blair Waterway starting around 9:30 a.m. It is funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant for the Port Security Grant program.

“The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate how agencies and companies will respond together to a potential terrorism threat within the Port of Tacoma,” according to a Pierce County news release. “It will also evaluate the improved interoperable communications between the agencies.”

Participants include the Port, Tacoma police and

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1 killed in crash near Port of Tacoma

One person was killed this morning in a car accident at Alexander Avenue East and 12th Street East in Tacoma, the Tacoma Police Department said. The crash, which involved one vehicle, happened just after 3 a.m.

Tacoma Police spokesman Naveed Benjamin said the car left the roadway at a high rate of speed and crashed into an embankment in the 1200 block of East Alexander Avenue shortly after 3 a.m.

The driver, a male, died at the scene. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.


UPDATED: Tacoma fire responds to hazmat spill aboard a ship at the port

Crews have started cleaning up a highly flammable liquid that spilled inside a cargo ship and on the dock area of the Washington United Terminal at the Port of Tacoma early today.

The terminal, 1815 Port of Tacoma Road, is closed as crews do their work, Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. He anticipated the work will keep the terminal closed for another couple of hours.

Tacoma firefighters were called to the terminal just after 3:50 a.m. today for reports of a hazardous materials spill.

Crew members were off-loading a container from the Hyundai Oakland cargo ship when they noticed

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Coast Guard responds to listing log ship at Port of Tacoma

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a report of a log ship listing in the Port of Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway, port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.

“It does appear to be listing,” she said of the ship which started tipping between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

She said a port officials estimated the ship was listing to the starboard about 7 degrees.

The question is whether the listing is due to the load or because it is touching on bottom of the waterway as the tide goes out, Mattina said. The listing could get worse until the tide changes, she

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