“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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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; [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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. … [...]
A third-party proposal to shut down terminals on December 12 has not been vetted by union’s democratic process
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 2011) — In response to recent third-party announcements that community activists will attempt to shut down various West Coast marine terminals on December 12, 2011, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) [...]