Protesters Fail to Block Zim Ship in Tacoma

Published Aug 25, 2014 12:08 PM by The Maritime Executive

On Sunday, the ZIM Chicago departed Tacoma on schedule, despite the crowd of protesters at the port.

Longshore workers were successful in loading and unloading the ship, as scheduled, throughout the day.

On August 23rd at 8 a.m., the protest began at the Port of Tacoma’s Washington United Terminals.

The port stated: “We are aware that some protesters have arrived to try to disrupt the loading and unloading of the ZIM Chicago, a ship owned by an Israeli shipping line. This protest action appears related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We respect the right people have to express diverse opinions and meet and protest peaceably and legally. We’re monitoring the situation and coordinating with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to make sure people stay safe, terminals remain secure and cargo keeps moving.”

One protester was arrested on Saturday night by Tacoma police after demonstrators blocked the road at an entrance to a terminal.

The vessel is now reportedly headed to the Port of Seattle, where the protest in support of Palestinian rights was set to resume.