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General Terminal Safety Rules

  • Visitors must obey the following terminal safety rules:

Outside truck drivers are responsible for their own personal safety at all times and must watch out for cargo handling equipment. Report all safety issues to SSAT management.

  • Terminal speed limit is 15 MPH

  • No passengers are allowed in trucks. Exception: driver trainees are permitted by terminal permission only

  • No unauthorized pedestrian traffic is allowed on the terminal. Drivers must stay in their vehicles while on the terminal.

  • Exceptions: connecting/disconnecting chassis, locking/unlocking twistlocks only in designated areas, or to use the provided restrooms.

  • The wearing of a high visibility safety vest is required. Wear other personal protective equipment where required.

  • Hard hats

  • Proper footwear

  • Proper clothing

  • Stop completely at intersections and yield at unmarked crossings.

  • YARD EQUIPMENT HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY AT ALL TIMES. Do not approach or climb on yard equipment for any reason.

  • Do not cut through container stacking rows.

  • Do not drive on the waterside apron or through vessel operations

  • Use extreme caution when driving or parking immediately next to container stacking rows.

  • Do not park within crane path lines.

  • Stay back at least one container length when container handling equipment is in a stacking row retrieving your container. Move forward only after container handling equipment backs out of row.

  • Truckers are responsible for lining up to the container handling equipment properly

  • Do not use any electronic equipment such as cellular phones, or portable audio/video devices, etc. while driving.

  • Be aware of, and yield to, all rail traffic.

  • Drivers are not allowed to work on their vehicles while on dock.

  • Any container not seated properly on the chassis must be returned to the flip line for reseating before leaving the terminal.

DO NOT attempt to forcibly reseat a container by using hammers, prybars, screwdrivers...etc.

DO NOT force any mechanism when attempting to lock your container.

DO NOT open any containers for inspection while inside T18.

Trucks picking up containers from the Crane Rows

Drivers must ALWAYS wait until the container has been placed on chassis AND the beam has released and cleared from the container before moving truck forward to exit the Crane Row.

STOP BARS Drivers are to STOP completely at ALL STOP BARS while at the Terminal. No exceptions!!

For security reasons, pursuant to federal regulations, photography and filming at a secure marine terminal is prohibited. This includes Terminal 18 and Terminal 30 at the Port of Seattle.

Gate #4 Out Lanes between Gate Pedestal and CBP RPMS.

If drivers need to stop to utilize the restrooms at the T18 Administration Building please pull to the right, this allows the trucks other lanes to continue to exit out of the Terminal.

Drivers are not to leave their vehicles unattended to walk across the exit lanes to access the restrooms.

Drivers are not to leave their vehicles running unattended while on the terminal.

SSA Terminals has a “zero tolerance” policy on workplace violence. Violation of this policy will result in immediate and permanent suspensions from the terminal.

Thank you, TERMINAL 18

Access to the Terminal is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in our MTO Schedule which is available at:

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Forest Gamp
Forest Gamp
Oct 09, 2023

Ensuring terminal safety is paramount for truckers, and following these rules is vital for a secure work environment. Real Trucking, a reputable freight transportation company, emphasizes the importance of these guidelines. Firstly, conducting thorough vehicle inspections before departure is a must. Secondly, adhering to speed limits and traffic rules prevents accidents. Thirdly, maintaining a safe following distance enhances reaction time. Fourthly, avoiding distractions like texting while driving is crucial. Lastly, using personal protective equipment when handling cargo promotes individual safety. Real Trucking stands by these principles to guarantee the well-being of its truckers and the efficient transport of goods.

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