The Port Loves Science Pub!

by wrayr 11/11/2011 3:25 PM

Don’t miss OMSI Science Pub! This bi-monthly event brings cutting-edge presentations and discussions to Portlanders, with a cold brew on the side. The next OMSI Science Pub will be held at Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, on Tuesday, November 15. The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m., but show up early to secure your seat.


The topic is Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America. Presenter Cynthia Barnett will explore our relationship with fresh water, a topic of interest for the Port, which lies in the Columbia Slough watershed and relies on the Willamette and Columbia rivers to connect the region with points around the world. Barnett will focus on conservation – conserving water in Port operating areas is a primary objective of our Water Resources program, so we’re looking forward to the discussion.

Hillsboro Open House This Weekend!

by wrayr 10/28/2011 11:49 AM

Help us celebrate more than 80 years of operation as a general aviation airport! That’s right: it’s time for the annual Hillsboro Airport Open House. Come enjoy activities for the whole family, including airfield tours, face painting, games, crafts and a coloring contest. Kids – wear your costumes!


Parking is available at the terminal, or take the MAX Blue Line to the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Station. Event details:


Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

3355 NE Cornell Rd. in Hillsboro

Don’t Miss "Industry & Art" Exhibit at Vigor Industrial!

by wrayr 9/19/2011 2:53 PM

This month, the Port is helping sponsor an exciting event, the Industry&Art: The Rivers Run Through Us exhibit at Vigor Industrial Shipyard. This must-see art show and sale is a unique glimpse into the people and industries of Portland’s working waterfront. The exhibit features both established and emerging artists (many of whom work in Portland Harbor) and includes paintings, sculptures, photography and more.

Industry&Art runs from September 22nd to the 25th, with open gallery and viewing hours this Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit is open from 11 AM to 7 PM, and in addition to viewing the exhibit, attendees can take a jet boat tour of the harbor, board the fully restored steamer Portland (the last steam-powered, sternwheeler tugboat to be built in the United States), and get up close to a World War II PT boat.


Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Vigor Industrial Shipyard is located on Swan Island at 5555 N. Channel Avenue, Portland, OR 97217.

RiverFest is Coming!

by wrayr 8/15/2011 4:33 PM

The Port of Portland is a proud sponsor of RiverFest -- Portland’s annual celebration of the Willamette River. Be part of the celebration by attending one of the dozens of RiverFest events, including a concert in the park, kayak lessons, bridge tours, harbor tours, a SOLV riverbank clean-up, and more!

Click here for all the details, and don’t miss the RiverFest Fair this Sunday, August 21, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Watch the action at the Portland Triathlon while enjoying family-friendly activities all designed to bring you closer to one of the region’s true treasures, the Willamette River.

And sign up NOW for a special RiverFest sight-seeing cruise on the Portland Spirit -- see the Willamette close-up and in comfort on this special discounted adventure.


Don’t Miss Seaport Celebration!

by wrayr 7/28/2011 6:21 PM

Ships and boats, trucks and cranes, and $5 jetboat tours on the Willamette River – Seaport Celebration has it all! Don’t miss this awesome, family-friendly event this Saturday, July 30, at the Port’s marine terminal 2.

And check out “Out and About with Drew Carney” on KGW between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning for fun details and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of all that Seaport Celebration has to offer.


Readings from “Honoring Our Rivers” Anthology

by wrayr 5/13/2011 3:06 PM

Don’t miss out on a great event at Powell’s City of Books. Each year, students and teachers from across Oregon publish original poems, essays, and artwork about the Willamette River and other regional watersheds. Powell’s on Burnside will host these budding and established artists at a special reading on Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m.

New Events Added to Portland Harbor Series!

by wrayr 5/13/2011 12:26 PM

Great coverage in the Oregonian of the Portland Harbor: Behind the Scenes tours. Next up: a busy day on Saturday, May 21, with a tour of the Coast Guard facilities on Swan Island and a barge launch at Gunderson. No RSVP required for these events! Check out the PHBTS Facebook page for more details.

Portland Harbor: Behind the Scenes

by wrayr 4/1/2011 2:37 PM

The latest round of Portland Harbor: Behind the Scenes tours have been announced, and we hope you join us as we continue to explore the working waterfront of Portland. Remember: you must RSVP for all tours. Contact Brooke Berglund, Port tour and outreach manager, at 503.415.6532.

Follow Portland Harbor: Behind the Scenes on Facebook!

The details on this spring’s series:

April 16, 2011; 10 a.m. – Noon
Goods to Market: How Port Facilities Work: Port of Portland Terminal 6
They're big, they're busy, and they're mysterious: that's the extent of what most people know about marine terminals like the Port's Terminal 6. In an area typically closed to the public due to federal security regulations, you'll tour among the shadows of towering 16-story cranes and giant multicolored containers stacked up like Legos. Learn how and why things like furniture, tires, footwear, apparel, and cars arrive from overseas, while agricultural goods, animal feed, paper, metal scrap, and wood are exported.
Minimum Age: 14

April 30, 2011; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Port Across the River: Port of Vancouver

Up and down the Columbia River, maritime activity bustles with exports and imports of various commodities to and from international markets. The Port of Vancouver is no exception. With exports of steel scrap and imports of Subarus and wind energy cargo, this facility is sure to impress! Don't miss out on the opportunity to find out more about the port across the river!
Minimum Age: 18

May 7, 2011; 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10 a.m. (tours will last approximately 2 hours)
All About Potash: Portland Bulk Terminals

Step inside the largest wooden structure west of the Mississippi and learn all about the product that comes from mines in Saskatchewan, Canada and provides both agricultural and industrial uses for several international markets including Oceania, Asia, and Latin America. Owned by Canpotex, the world's largest exporter of potash, the 100 acre facility will allow participants to get up close to the entire process from the unloading of the rail cars to the ship loading which processes 3,000 metric tons an hour. Take advantage of this unique opportunity open to the public to learn what the two different kinds of potash are used for and why this facility is essential for crops all over the world.
Minimum Age: 18

May 18, 2011; 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Wheat and So Much More: Columbia Grain

In 1868, just 23 years after a coin toss gave Portland its name, the first overseas shipment of wheat sailed from our harbor to Liverpool, England, establishing our city as an international gateway. Today, the Portland Harbor is the largest wheat export hub in the United States. This is thanks, in large part, to the activities at Columbia Grain, who handled over 4.3 million tons of grain last year. The company supplies superior quality western grain to service both U.S. domestic markets and export markets worldwide. Supply lines include the western region of the U.S., well known for its high quality wheat, feed grains and pulses. You'll have the rare opportunity to visit this Terminal 5 facility, which is otherwise closed to the public.
Minimum Age: 18

June 08, 2011; 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Big Barge Builders: Zidell Marine Corporation
Come inside the world of big barges that are up to 90 feet in width and as long as a football field. These big steel containers haul such items as lumber, grain, chemicals, petroleum products, wood chips, sand, and gravel throughout the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, and at ports on the Columbia and Snake River systems. Learn all about the history of the Zidell companies which have been around for nearly 100 years and employ over 200 people in the Pacific Northwest and learn why Zidell Marine Corporation is an important economic driver on the working waterfront.
Minimum Age: 14

June 18, 2011; 10 a.m. – Noon
All About Ships and Barges:  Vigor Industrial
"Wow!" "Holy cow!" "That is amazing!" These are some of the descriptions heard about the unique vessels seen coming and going at Vigor Industrial's Portland Shipyard. Vigor Industrial owns several subcompanies, including Vigor Marine, Cascade General, and US Barge, that specialize in maritime construction and repair. See the eye-opening scale of their operations; hear about what they're working on; and learn about the people who make a living there.
Minimum Age: 7 (accompanied by an adult)