Marine Terminal Master Plan
Overview Background Cargo Forecast Facility and
Transportation Plans


An integral part of the Port of Portland's mission is to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets. The maritime industry, which involves the importing and exporting of agricultural, bulk and manufactured goods, generates more than 20,000 jobs in the Portland metropolitan area. To preserve these jobs and meet the future needs of the region's maritime economy, the Port periodically updates its Marine Terminals Master Plan.

To help achieve the Port's mission, the Port Commission has recently adopted a new strategic plan, which identifies key strategic issues, objectives and strategies for the organization. Coordinated with this process, the Marine Department has completed a master plan with staff, tenants and stakeholders.

The Marine Terminals Master Plan 2020 (MTMP 2020) serves as a road map for Port staff when making decisions about repairing and/or developing its marine facilities on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. A comprehensive approach was used to prepare and refine a series of facility alternatives over an 18-month period through an interactive process involving all stakeholders (staff, tenants, neighbors, agencies and labor organizations).

The primary goals of the MTMP 2020 are to:

  • Optimize Port marine facilities through the identification and prioritization of improvements required to maintain, redevelop, and build-out existing marine Terminals 2, 4, 5 and 6;
  • Create a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan using a 20-year planning horizon; and
  • Develop a road map for investment decisions by the Port, its stakeholders and customers.

The MTMP 2020 integrates cargo demand, facility conditions and capacities, stakeholder needs and environmental considerations into a plan for the Port's marine terminals. The MTMP 2020 is a flexible plan with sustainable balance for the Port.

Facility and capital improvement plans can accommodate a doubling of cargo capacities in the Port's marine business lines over the next 10 years. The MTMP 2020 identifies the near-term projects and transportation improvements that will occur in the next 10 years and the long-term development approach to maximize the use of the Port's existing marine facilities.

This executive summary provides an overview of the findings and analysis of the MTMP 2020, which is contained in four volumes including facility conditions, environmental considerations, planning input and facility alternatives. These plans represent the Port's vision, and new facility development is dependent upon market-driven conditions.

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