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Port of Seattle to Build Landmark Maritime Innovation Center

Posted on August 9, 2023

The Port of Seattle Commission approved $32,600,000 to achieve a long-standing goal of transforming the historic Ship Supply Building at Fishermen’s Terminal (FT), one of the oldest existing Port facilities, into a new globally recognized home for maritime innovation. Watch a video introducing this groundbreaking building.

The Port will build the Maritime Innovation Center (MInC) to reach new cutting-edge, Living Building Challenge (LBC) certifications. With only three currently certified Living Buildings in Seattle today, the Port seeks this goal to reach its own sustainability objectives, attract the attention of global industry leaders to Puget Sound, and demonstrate the connection between innovative technologies and the maritime industry.

The Port will make companion investments to make Fishermen’s Terminal easier to navigate and more informative by adding new historical perspectives from a wider array of voices and communities.

“The transformation of the Port’s oldest building into a world-class center is a reflection of the Port’s commitment to investing in innovation so that the maritime industry and marine environment will thrive for generations to come,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman. “The Maritime Innovation Center will inspire collaboration between entrepreneurs, investors, and workers that will grow our region’s blue-green economy by drawing on our heritage to create living wage careers of the future.”

About the Port of Seattle
Founded in 1911 by a vote of the people as a special purpose government, the Port of Seattle’s mission is to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce, and job creation in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner.

The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Fishermen’s Terminal — home of the North Pacific fishing fleet — and public marinas. The Port also owns two cruise ship terminals, a grain terminal, real estate assets, and marine cargo terminals through its partnership in the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Port operations help support nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 15 years, the Port’s Century Agenda seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at the Port’s website.

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