Duwamish and Port of Seattle T-5

The view of Port of Seattle Terminal 5 from the viewing tower at Jack Block Park shows how large this property is. It is empty of traffic for a remodel of the docks to accommodate larger ocean-going container ships.

Security around this facility is tight.  Here is a post I did several weeks ago about the shake down they did on me at the southeast entrance. From that side of the terminal I also got some good photos of the old red cranes that are synonyms with the Port of Seattle.  Terminal 5 Trouble

Everywhere I went in the Park which is owned and maintained by the Port of Seattle fencing was tight. No holes or even cracks are in them.  This is unlike other areas I traversed on the Duwamish. They are on alert since the environmentalist had a serious demonstration around the Shell Oil Drill Rig Polar Pioneer that was docked here. I will let my crow helpers show you a little bit about the fencing.

T-5 Fencing and local crows
T-5 Fencing and local crows
Cranes and Crows
Cranes and Crows

Let us talk about razor wire and fencing!  The Port used it with no thought of expense.

Serious Barb Wire at T-5
Serious Barb Wire at T-5
Northern backside of T-5 looking East towards Harbor Island
Northern backside of T-5 looking East towards Harbor Island
T-5 serious fencing at Jack Block Park
T-5 serious fencing at Jack Block Park

One thing I found interesting is how much I could see from the viewing tower of the terminal. Funny how this is feature was Port built so the public can see the city and bay. All one has to do is turn around and there is a panoramic view of their business they are trying so hard to hide. This next series of photos really gives you the lay of the land.

Looking SE at T-5 - Upgrade to Pier in progress
Looking SE at T-5 – Upgrade to Pier in progress
Three offshore Tugs and support ships at T-5
Three offshore Tugs and support ships at T-5
T-5 from Jack Block viewing tower looking South
T-5 from Jack Block viewing tower looking South
West side of T-5 with W Seattle in distance.
West side of T-5 with W Seattle in distance.

There are three ships docked currently at Terminal 5.  In my prior post you might remember seeing a photo of them.

Ships moored at T-5 on Duwamish waterway
Ships moored at T-5 on Duwamish waterway

This trip I was able to get better photos of them. They are from north to south on the dock – Ross Chouest, NANUQ and AIVIQ. The AIVIQ had some nasty business up in Alaska in 2014. The Kulluk a Shell Oil Drilling Rig was grounded after the AIVIQ lost control of it in tow. Here are a few articles about this wreak and how the Coast Guard was not happy with Shell and Edison Chouest, the owner of the AIVIQ.

USCG and Shell around tow of Kulluk Oil Rig

Nat Geo article on Kulluk wreak

Ross Chouest - Big Tug/Supply ship at T-5

Ross Chouest – Big Tug/Supply ship at T-5

NANUQ - Offshore Supply Ship at T-5
NANUQ – Offshore Supply Ship at T-5
AIVIQ - Offshore Supply Ship at T-5
AIVIQ – Offshore Supply Ship at T-5

My quest to walk the Duwamish has been full of things like T-5 where industry has control of our river. We the public benefit from the commercial use of the Duwamish but not all of the companies have been good stewards.

The Port of Seattle has done a lot of work to clean up other people’s messes. Jack Block Park sits on top of one of those areas. So, I shouldn’t be too unkind to them for wanting to beat out a buck and lease the dock temporarily for ships that are involved in drilling oil. It is a conundrum of our times. We want to use our fossil fuel cars but do not want to own up to our part in the extraction of oil.

To see all of my Duwamish Adventure I have a directory post that links all of the pieces together.  You can find that post here – My Duwamish Adventure Directory

9 thoughts on “Duwamish and Port of Seattle T-5

  1. I’m having fun reading through your Duwamish adventures. I’ve been around these parts exploring as well. Here’s what I wrote up in 2005 when I tried to find the old Highland Park & Lake Burien Railway right of way, http://www.zombiezodiac.com/rob/ped/archives/seattle/west_duwamish.html

    Also, here is the first half of a “now and then”, you can click through the link in description to see it in 1916, https://www.flickr.com/photos/tigerzombie/5875408164/ (I could swear that I wrote about this for the Westside Weekly, but I can’t find it online. If I did, I’ll post it in the next few days).

    1. Rob – you have crossed the same place I did down on West Marginal. On the Burien RR I have a booklet on Highline history. I will dig it out this weekend and send you some info from it and my grandma’s store. 🙂

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