The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Astoria reinforces ailing log-export dock

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria will spend nearly $80,000 over the next few months replacing fender pilings on the west side of Pier 1 in a stopgap measure to keep its lucrative log-export dock operating.

All 60 of the wooden pilings on the 380 feet of Pier 1’s western face, where longshoremen […]


Port of Astoria affirms plan to leave North Tongue Point

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria has struggled to make the former U.S. Navy base at North Tongue Point profitable since leasing the land in 2009.

With Hyack Maritime preparing to close on its purchase of North Tongue Point next month, the Port of Astoria Commission voted 4-1 to give a proposed termination […]


Dredging planned at Port of Astoria

The Daily Astorian reports that the Port of Astoria Commission has voted to focus on developing North Tongue Point, improving dredging, expelling sea lions from the East End Mooring Basin and repairing its docks, fixing crumbling piers and further improving the agency’s finances as priorities for the coming fiscal year and beyond. Commissioners provided several […]


Inflatable ‘dancers’ used to haze sea lions at Port of Astoria

First, electrified mats. Then beach balls. And who can forget that fake orca.

Every effort to keep sea lions from overtaking the docks at the Port of Astoria has failed.

Inflatable dancers? Why not.

They went up Thursday and actually worked. For now.

“The thing about the sea lions is, they’re very intelligent […]


Bulk carrier hits Pier 1 in Astoria, leaks fuel

A bulk carrier struck Pier 1 on Friday while pulling in at the Port of Astoria and leaked up to 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel into the Columbia River.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from the Port’s facility security officer that the Panamanian-flagged vessel Global Gold struck the pier, creating a 4-foot gash […]


Port of Astoria: 3 years, 5 leadership changes

The Port of Astoria has named an executive from Washington state as its fifth leader in less than three years.

The Daily Astorian reports Jim Knight has been director of the Port of Olympia marine terminal since July 2013.

Knight was chosen Tuesday to succeed Hank Bynaker, who resigned Sept. 11 after 14 months as […]


Bland resigns from Port of Astoria Commission

“Effective immediately, I resign as Commissioner of the Port of Astoria,” wrote Jack Bland to Interim Executive Director Mike Weston and Commission Chairman James Campbell. “It is with deep regret I take this action, and wish to thank Port of Astoria Staff, the State of Oregon, the Cities of Clatsop County and in particular, Clatsop […]


Astoria log export partner seeks legal self-preservation

Westerlund is loading its third ship, the Panamanian-flagged Loch Maree, for Murphy’s. Before that, Westerlund loaded 18 shiploads of logs for CNBM and bound for China. Photo of previous Astoria log operation by Jeff Smith, ILWU Local 8.

Murphy’s Overseas USA, known locally as Astoria Forest Products, filed suit in early March to protect itself […]


Cruise ships: 16 heading to Astoria later this year

Cruise ship in Astoria, Oregon

Sixteen cruise ships carrying nearly 30,000 total estimated passengers are scheduled to stop at the Port of Astoria in 2014.

“It’s serious money to our community,” said Bruce Conner, who uses the Cruise Lines International Association estimate of $125 spent per couple. Four out of five passengers usually leave the […]


Legislators press for state aid for Oregon coast

On a two-day tour along the Columbia River and Oregon’s northern coast, state legislators stopped in Astoria and Warrenton Friday to hear plans for expanding Astoria’s port capabilities, discuss dredging and Warrenton’s levee system.

In Astoria, the group convened and toured Westerlund Log Handlers’ operation at the Port of Astoria. The tour followed Wednesday’s decision […]


Port of Astoria CEO Hank Bynaker resigns, less than 14 months after being hired

Port of Astoria Chief Executive Officer Hank Bynaker, who was chosen in June 2012, to replace Jack Crider, quit today after fewer than 14 months on the job.

Commissioner Bill Hunsinger reiterated Campbell’s comments that the issues facing the Port might have overwhelmed Bynaker.

The Port, meanwhile, has been dealing with bleak finances and deferred […]


Port of Astoria cuts spending to save cash

The budget committee of five citizen members and five Port Commissioners, told by Finance Manager Colleen Browne they needed to cut $805,000 from the wish lists of the Port’s eight departments, axed several items, including:

$140,000 worth of Pier 2 West repairs; $125,000 in Pier 2 warehouse roofing; A $120,000 dock electrical upgrade project; […]


Log exports take root at Port of Astoria

The Columbia River Business Journal reports that early opponents to the logging operation now see it as an asset to the community

ILWU Local 50 members work at the Port of Astoria’s log operation. Three nine-man stevedore gangs hustled around Pier 1 Feb. 1, helping take the stacked timber from front loaders, wrap it […]


Port of Astoria expects high of 23 cruise ships in 2013

Cruise ship season is coming up and it will be one of the busiest to-date with 23 massive people movers scheduled to come to the Port of Astoria in 2013.

For many establishments, it can be a boon… or a bust, if they are not prepared for thousands of people hitting the streets at one […]


Hunsinger Supports Cold Storage Facility near Astoria

Port of Astoria Commissioner Bill Hunsinger rose from his seat at Tuesday night’s Commission meeting, approached the podium during public comment and presented himself as a member of the public wanting to bring the agency’s attention to a possible business opportunity.

He talked about Ocean Cold, a 95,000-square-foot cold storage and processing facility in Westport, […]