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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, [...]


Cruise ships extend Seaside, Oregon's tourism seasons

A record number of cruise ships are expected to dock at Astoria in 2013. Seaside and Cannon Beach merchants are hopeful many of those passengers spend money at local businesses in the two cities.

Doug Barker, events coordinator with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said most of the passengers on the cruise ships that [...]


Port of Astoria connects with $1 million state grant for Pier 2

Property Manager Mike Weston said the Pier 2 project will include removing wood covering 52,000 square feet on the east side of Pier 2, replacing parts of the support structure, laying down tin and rebar and pouring over it with concrete.

The Port of Astoria announced Tuesday that it received a $1 million grant [...]


Harbor District to Offer CEO Position to Former Port of Astoria Leader

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District looks set to offer its top job to Jack Crider, formerly the executive director of the Port of Astoria. The move comes roughly a year after the district abruptly fired its previous chief executive officer, David Hull for reasons unstated.

Crider, a former fish biologist and seafood [...]


Port of Newport looks ahead to range of port services when expansion complete

Port Manager Don Mann said that they are probing possibilities of a combination grant/loan from the Oregon Department of Business Development as well as a Oregon Connect Four grant award. Sum total is around $3.9 million to finish the terminal.

And when [the new dock] is finished, the port has a number of large [...]


Coos Bay company aims to lure cruise ships

A Coos Bay, Oregon, group has suggested the city assess and potentially repair docks by the Empire boat ramp with the hope of drawing tall ships and maybe even small cruise ships.

The Community Coalition of Empire sent a letter requesting the city use a free initial assessment by the Oregon State Marine Board. … [...]