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OREGON'S PORTS: Possibilities and problems
Connecting the dots
It won’t be easy, but Oregon’s coastal ports are in a position to play a major role in the next wave of local and international shipping.
By Abraham Hyatt
SHORT-SEA SHIPPING, using coastal and inland waterways to move commercial goods via barge or ship, is a hot topic in transportation circles these days. It takes trucks off already overloaded highways and improves air quality. Not surprisingly, the federal Maritime Administration loves the practice and has been pushing to expand it beyond the few places it’s already used, like the Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico and, in limited amounts, on the Columbia River.
Oregon state officials are also very interested for one simple reason: Multiple estimates show both ports and major highways running out of room in the next two decades, creating an economic ripple effect around the nation. “From a transportation perspective, we see the economic benefits when short-sea shipping kicks in. The larger state interest is on transportation because that’s what’s going to eat everyone’s lunch eight to 10 years from now,” says Dave Harlan, manager of ports and public policy with the state’s Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Harlan and others say ports such as Brookings and Astoria could very well be a part of a short-sea shipping transportation web. That could be an economic godsend to the ports. In 2002, Brookings took out state loans to build several ill-conceived projects that port officials hoped would buoy the commercial fishing industry, which brings in about 3.2 million pounds of fish and crabs to the port each year. There was never enough business to keep those facilities running. Now they’re shuttered and the port is struggling to make payments on the $7.5 million it owes.
CONTAINERS, RAILROADS, BARGES, HIGHWAYS: It’s an interlocking web that touches every one Oregon’s 22 river and coastal ports. So how much local shipping could coastal ports handle?
Thursday, April 30, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
Earlier this week we posted an article from our May issue: It’s a Man's Man’s Man’s World. The story covered the gender divide in tech from the perspective of male workers. Twitter didn’t like it.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
A longtime technologist and entrepreneur, Dwayne Johnson, 53, is managing partner of PDXO/GlobeThree Ventures, a strategy and business consultancy in Portland.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
Roy Kaufmann always lands on his feet.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
The Wilsonville-based company is targeting GoPro enthusiasts with its latest release. Is spy gear poised to go mainstream?
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes.
Friday, May 15, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.
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