Welcoming Vessel Arrivals to the Port of Olympia
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Learn how Thurston County is connected with the global trade network, and how various modes of transportation move goods to their final destination. See the mobile harbor crane and other operational equipment, which are impressive by size alone. You will leave with the basic knowledge about global trade, waterfront operations, and the port’s economic value.
Please call 360.528.8033 or visit the rates and services requests page.
All visitors must present a valid, government issued identification in order to visit the Port offices. For more detail on security regulations and TWIC requirements, please view the security section.
View the job opportunities page. For information on longshore “casual” jobs, please contact the longshore hall at 360.357.5915 or the state’s unemployment office.
The Port of Olympia works with customers who export and import niche cargoes, typically in bulk or breakbulk that are not best suited for containers. Bulk cargo is loose product that fills a cargo ship’s holds. Breakbulk cargo is considered any item that does not ideally fit in a container and is usually transported on pallets, boxes, crates, or bags for example, or may be stowed independently and lashed onto the ship. In the last few years, the Port has imported organic corn, gold ore, and construction equipment and has exported logs, dairy cattle, and locomotives among other cargoes.
Because of COVID, tours are currently suspended. However, when pandemic restrictions are lifted, you can sign up for a marine terminal tour by emailing email@example.com
For ships destined to Japan, the transit is typically around two weeks while China is closer to three.
The Port of Olympia has seen cargo arrive from China, Ireland, Chile, and Turkey while exports have gone to China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
A layberth is dockage (parking for ships) without cargo operations. It is a fee for docking a vessel for an extended period of time.
If you have a meeting at the Port of Olympia Seaport, your name will appear on a visitor list. If you do not have a scheduled appointment at the Port, the front gate guard will contact the individual that you wish to visit in order to authorize your entry. You will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID to obtain a daily visitor badge. During your visit you will be escorted by a Port or tenant staff member that has the proper clearances to escort personnel on the facility.
The Port of Olympia is a Coast Guard regulated facility. The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) requires a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) card to gain unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels. No one will be allowed on the marine terminal facility without a TWIC card, unless in the presence of an approved escort. Please note that having a TWIC card does not give an individual full access to an MTSA-regulated facility. That individual must also have a valid reason for being on the premises, such as a working at the facility, which will be verified by the guard and staff. It is a violation of federal law to present a fraudulent TWIC card in order to gain access to a Port facility.
Seaport Visitor Information
Hours & Main Gate Location
The regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on holidays. The front gate is located at:
911 Franklin St NE
Olympia, WA 98501
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