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26 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE MAY 12.2014 TOP 25 NORTH AMERICAN PORTS SPECIAL REPORT THE PORTS OF Seattle and Tacoma offer advantages to shipping lines that many ports would love to have: naturally deep water, more than enough container-handling space a nd excel lent on- a nd near-dock intermodal rail infra- structure. But the ports also face a stark reality: They must invest heavily to upgrade facilities that were desig ned for vessels half the size of those that carriers are beg inning to deploy in Pacif ic Northwest services. "The problem is not land. There's plenty of land. The problem is old cranes and berths," said Ed DeNike, chief operating officer of SSA Marine, which operates two con- tainer terminals at the Port of Seattle. By Bill Mongelluzzo CONSOLIDATING ASSETS Combining and upgrading terminals in Seattle and Tacoma may attract bigger ships to PNW

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