As energy companies all over North America race to develop their energy resources, means for getting those resources onto ships and off to market are being proposed as well. One potential marine terminal, the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point, anticipates loading bulk cargo from rail lines onto bulk carrier vessels for export.
A Hot Topic
Glosten was tasked with performing a vessel traffic and risk analysis of the proposed terminal, to provide an unbiased report on a topic with opposing viewpoints. We needed to provide our stakeholders with a transparent examination of GPT.
Stick to the Facts
Glosten conducted data-driven research, providing an analysis free of interpretation. The study sought to offer a neutral and objective perspective on the likely changes and potential risks posed by new vessel traffic brought to the area by the proposed GPT.
A Quantitative Assessment
Glosten delivered a risk analysis that included stakeholder input, and used modeling and statistical analysis to quantitatively assess the probable changes GPT and other projects would bring to northern Puget Sound. Key considerations included impacts of the traffic increase on vessel routing, anchoring, fueling, and incidents, as well as the potential impacts to tribal vessels and shoreline. The analysis also featured interviews with professional maritime pilots from British Columbia and Puget Sound, and addressed new environmental concerns over ballast water discharge.
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