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Shipping Cars To or From Port of Anacortes

The Port of Anacortes is one of the busiest ports on the north western coast of the United States. It is strategically located midway between Washington, Vancouver, Canada, and British Columbia, acting as an entry point into the US from the Pacific and Arctic Ocean. It is right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is also near the Cap Santé Head – off Fidalgo Bay and Cape Santé Marina. The port serves high numbers of imports each year, not excluding passengers getting into the US through this point.

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Features of Port of Anacortes

The Port of Anacortes is characterized by deep waters from the natural bay it enjoys through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Strait of Juan de Fuca acts as a direct sea way connecting the Port of Anacortes to the Great Pacific Ocean. This direct seaway favors cargo ships and cruisers a great deal, as it cuts inland for quite a distance. This is advantageous to its trade especially foreign imports and exports.

The deep water port offers a depth of 120 ft. The harbor has well over 200 berths, large enough to accommodate several dozen cargo ships at a go. Thanks to the high cargo and cruise ship traffic it handles all year round, these berths are advantageous to its activities and income. Shipping cars to or from Port of Anacortes is also further facilitated by the existence of this deep harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


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The port of Anacortes also owns and reserves rights to operate the Cap Santé Marina; an affiliate docking spot just next to the Fidalgo Bay. The Cap Santé Marina offers private docks for individual shipments. It includes 950 slips and enough space to accommodate about 200 guest boats. The Cap Santé Marina promotes shipping cars to or from Port of Anacortes especially when the shipment involves luxury, high-end vehicles. The private docks offer elite services for such car shipments. Have a look at our luxury cars services here.

Port’s Facilities

The Port of Anacortes serves from two piers. The first pier; commonly known as pier 1 offers a depth of 23 feet, length of 570 feet, width of 63 feet, and live loads of 400 lbs./sq. It is owned and run by the Port of Anacortes and operated jointly by the Port of Anacortes and Dakota Greek Industries. The two bodies run Pier 1’s cargo activities which mostly involves heavy-lift cargoes like vehicles. It offers a 9000 –tonne floating dry dock that facilitates shipping cars to and from Port of Anacortes.

Pier 1 offers a berthing distance of 480 feet with a depth of 26 feet. Such environment is conducive for both Ro-Ro and containerized forms of vehicle shipping. The dry dock offers waiting grounds for fleets of cars imported and awaiting pickup or vehicles on the dock awaiting exportation. The second pier; pier 2, mostly handles other forms of cargo, including petroleum and logs. It, however, still offers a section of it to cars being shipped.

Joe Webster

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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