In the early 1900s, rapid growth of business and population led to the establishment of the Port of Everett Board of Commissioners. Today, the commissioners serve six-year terms. The Port of Everett owns and operates commercial and industrial properties, a huge marina, and three shipping terminals that play a vital role in the local economy.
The Port Commission makes policy for and regulates shipping activities in the Port of Everett District. The Port Commission is responsible for enhancing the quality of life for residents of and visitors to the region by creating economic opportunities, managing port assets, generating returns on investments in the Port of Everett, protecting the environment of the port, promoting community involvement in port activities, and ensuring public access to port facilities.
Until the latter half of the 20th Century, marina operations supported a thriving fishing industry in the Port of Everett and the commercial port supported exports and imports of lumber and aerospace products among many other cargoes. In 1987, the Port of Everett sold about 44 hectares of land to the US Navy for Naval Station Everett.
In 2008, the Port of Everett welcomed 119 ships and 52 barges carrying 352.3 thousand tons of cargo. Outbound cargoes included general cargoes and 9.3 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. Inbound cargoes included cement, agricultural products, and 35.9 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The major cargoes handled by the Port of Everett in 2008 included cement (185.5 thousand tons), containers (99.4 thousand tons), general cargo (56.3 thousand tons), and other goods (11.1 thousand tons).
Today, the Port of Everett operates eight berths and handles hundreds of thousands of cargo each year. The Pacific Terminal contains a 198-meter long berth with a 30-meter apron and alongside depth of 12 meters. With 3.6 hectares of paved and lighted yards, the Port of Everett's Pacific Terminal is the port's container yard and has a 100-ton capacity mobile harbor crane and two 40-ton gantry cranes.
The Port of Everett's Pier 3, North and South, is 396 meters long alongside depth of 12 meters. The pier includes 5.3 hectares of paved storage yards and a 55 thousand ton dome. Pier 1, North and South, is 366 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters, and it contains two berths. Pier 1 contains 6.1 hectares of paved storage and a 3.3 thousand square meter chill facility served by rail siding.
The Hewitt Terminal in the Port of Everett has one berth at its 213 meter long dock with alongside depth of 7.6 meters. The terminal contains 5.3 hectares of paved storage, a 3.3 thousand square meter chill warehouse, and a 55 thousand ton alumina dome.
The Port of Everett's South Terminal is 215 meters long alongside depth of 12 meters, and it has a dolphin berth with 199.6 meters of usable space dredged to alongside depth of 12.2 meters.
The Port of Everett's rail/barge transfer facility, the Mount Baker Terminal, opened in 2008. Designed for the transport of over-sized aerospace parts by rail, vessels bring their cargo to Port of Everett terminals on Port Gardner Bay to be barged to the Mount Baker Terminal for off-loading to rail car for transfer to the Paine Field Airport. The new facility significantly decreases rail congestion on the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) Railway mainline.
The Port of Everett handles a variety of cargoes. Linked directly to the BNSF Railway, the Port of Everett is near Interstate 5 for easy access to the nation's highway network. The biggest and fastest-growing cargo type in the Port of Everett is containers that include all types of cargo from frozen foods to aerospace parts. With two container terminals, the Port of Everett's container traffic has doubled since 2004.
Breakbulk is also a significant cargo at the Port of Everett, and six berths in the port serve these cargoes. Bulk cargoes were at one time dominated by lumber. Today, the log industry has been largely replaced by bulk cargoes like cement. The Port of Everett also handles project cargoes that include generators, wind mills, manufacturing and military equipment, and factory equipment.
The Port of Everett has the West Coasts' second-biggest marina. The full-service marina offers moorage for over 2000 vessels and contains both port- and privately-owned boathouses. While most of the vessels using the marina are recreational, the marina also houses commercial fishing vessels.
The new 12th Street Yacht Basin can accommodate yachts of 12.2 meters and larger. The Basin is a gated facility is the focus of the Port Gardner Wharf community village. The facilities include amenities like showers and laundry, pump-out facilities, a fuel dock, haul-out service, and self-service repair yard. Recently added is the Port of Everett's Activity Barge for club cruises and parties for guest groups of 10 or more boats.
The Port of Everett is involved in several waterfront projects to revitalize the waterfront. The Port of Everett is converting the 65-acre Port Gardner Wharf from its earlier industrial function to a village of condos, townhouses, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, and marine-related businesses. A new port administration building is being created from the old Marine Sales and Repair Center at the Port Gardner Wharf. The old MSRC Building at Port Gardner Wharf is being remodeled and converted into a two-story building for marina services.
The Collins Building, a 75-year-old casket company on the waterfront, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The Port of Everett has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers for potential reuse of the building. The Port of Everett is also working with the city and county to revitalize the 10th Street Marine Park by adding a waterfront walkway, a raised sandy beach, picnic shelters, a playground and kayak launch, and additional parking.
Further improvements will be made to the existing marina to assure it keeps pace with the new 12th Street Yacht Basin. The remodeled marina will contain slips for larger vessels and new utilities.
The existing Mukilteo Tank Farm, a decommissioned 9-hectare fuel tank site, is now being transferred to the Port of Everett from the US Air Force. The tank farm will be used as a multi-modal facility and a new location for the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and a commuter rail station.