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Yearly Archives: 2020

Fish On!

Something fishy happened where the Port of Kalama sits today.

The Doty Fish Company was hatched in 1895.

Built right on the Columbia River, fishermen could unload their catch directly to the processing plant taking advantage of the deep-water port—a feature the Port of Kalama capitalizes on to this day.

Through the intersection of the river and rail, the world got a taste of Pacific salmon.

Yum!

We hope you’ll enjoy this entertaining video celebrating our 100th birthday!

Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!

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Watch for trains: be safe when heading back to Port parks this summer!

Since Kalama’s humble beginnings, we’ve had a long, rich history with our friends who operate the railroads. The Port was born of its roots as a transportation hub—and the BNSF runs right through our riverfront property.

As you head out for long-awaited summertime festivities, please be aware of the railroad and train traffic. We want you and your family to be safe!

The following track safety tips are brought to you by our friends at BNSF and Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education.

Now, enjoy the parks and have a fabulous summer!

Track Safety Basics

  1. Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains often change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection at any time.
  2. All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks; it’s illegal trespass and highly dangerous.
  3. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  4. Trains have the right of way 100% of the timeover emergency vehicles, cars, the police and pedestrians.
  5. A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three-foot mark. If there are rails on the railroad ties, always assume the track is in use, even if there are weeds or the track looks unused.
  6. Trains can move in either direction at any time.Sometimes its cars are pushed by locomotives instead of being pulled, which is especially true in commuter and light rail passenger service.
  7. Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.”Any approaching train is always closer, moving faster, than you think.
  8. Remember to cross train tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.
  9. Stay alert around railroad tracks. Refrain from texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train; never mix rails and recreation.

 

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Remember the 70s? Not Those 70s! The 1870s!

Remember the 70s?

No, not those 70s. The 1870s!

That’s when Kalama started to become a transportation hub inspired by nationwide railroad construction.

One auspicious visitor to come to Kalama by train called out the region’s potential.

Teddy Roosevelt foretold the success of the yet-to-be established Port of Kalama in a 1903 speech,  “I realize as every thinking man must the wonderful future that lies before this state, for it is one in which in its future development is going to show as great and varied industrial growth as New York or Pennsylvania.”

Right on, Kalama! And look at you now!

Check out our entertaining new video in our series of throwback history lessons on the Port!

Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!

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The heirs of visionaries.

Here in Kalama, we’re the heirs of visionaries, who a century ago formed the Port of Kalama—in a beautiful land, at a strategic location, along the Columbia River.

Grab your hat, we’re going on a trip back in time through a series of 12 short videos to celebrate 100 years of service to community.

Join us to trace our heritage and find out just how the Port became a hub for work and play–with a mission to ensure economic vitality, create local jobs, provide environmental stewardship and recreational opportunity.

Enjoy the ride with us and watch our first video!

Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!

 

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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

Port of Kalama announced today that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington just off I-5 on the Columbia River. It boasts an industrial area that includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43′ federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,200 people. The port offers industrial sites, Industrial Park, new Business Park and state of the art Marine Terminals just 30-minutes from Portland International Airport.

 

 

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Update on damage to the Port of Kalama Marina

We confirmed that the damage to the Port of Kalama marina was caused by a swell and then a suction of the water from a cargo vessel which seriously impacted the marina structures.  We believe the cargo vessel was passing in the river channel at an excessive speed.

After reviewing the Port’s security video and Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking information, we believe the excessive wake was caused by the SM MUMBAI. Further investigation will be ongoing.

The Port security camera captured video of the wake / wave impacting the marina, which occurred at around 4a and can be viewed here.

Thank you so much to the community and our marina patrons for your patience and support as we navigate this situation. We’ll get through this together!

Marina patrons can direct questions and their insurance agents to Mr. James McCurdy, of Lindsay Hart, who is representing the SM MUMBAI vessel operator at jmccurdy@lindsayhart.com.

For more information, the Port of Kalama contact is Eric Yakovich, who can be reached at 360-673-2337 and EYakovich@PortofKalama.com.

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Port of Kalama marina damaged early this morning

In the early hours this morning, an incident occurred at the Port of Kalama marina. The facility and docks as well as many of the boats moored there were damaged during the incident.

We are not exactly clear yet what happened, but the event is under investigation to determine the cause. The Port estimates in excess of $1 million in damage and is notifying boat owners of the impact. The Port is also working closely with authorities, insurance providers and other professionals to mitigate the impact of this event.

We will keep you all apprised as we learn more details. The Port recently invested in a $4.5 million upgrade and renovation at the marina. The impact, damage and loss to that facility is now under investigation, though vandalism has been ruled out.

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Discover 100! Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt himself visited Kalama?

One auspicious visitor to arrive at the site of the Port of Kalama by train in 1903 immediately saw the potential of the vast region.

Teddy Roosevelt himself foretold the success of the yet-to-be established Port of Kalama in a moving speech:

“I realize as every thinking man must the wonderful future that lies before this state, for it is one in which in its future development is going to show as great and varied industrial growth as New York or Pennsylvania.”

Today, Port of Kalama is one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest, with prime industrial land, an exceptional Industrial Park and a new Business Park with coveted mixed-use commercial land. More than 30 companies, employing more than 1,200 people, now call the Port of Kalama home.

Look at you now, Port of Kalama! Happy 100 years of progress!

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Just a friendly reminder…….

The SP&S Locomotive comes home!

While we are thrilled to welcome the historic SP&S Locomotive home to the Port of Kalama Interpretive Center, we’ll have to postpone visitation and public traffic here for now. We’ll celebrate the grand arrival once the Interpretive Center and our facilities open again to the public. Check out the article in TDN about the arrival of this beauty!

Centennial Event Cancellation

The Port of Kalama Centennial Celebration Launch that was initially scheduled at the Interpretive Center for Friday, April 24, 2020 has also been cancelled. But we hope you’ll mark your calendars for our 100th Birthday Festivities in Marine Park on Saturday, July 25, 2020. We’ll all be ready to celebrate!

Closures

The Port of Kalama offices, facilities and the Interpretive Center remain closed for the safety of the community. Port parks remain open for your enjoyment but please practice safe social-distancing and cleanly practices in public places.

Port staff are maintaining operations through a combination of social-distancing and remote work from home—and we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Call us anytime between 8a and 5p at 360-673-2325 or email us at POK@PortofKalama.com.

The Port will communicate updates as they become available.

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Port of Kalama closes offices, facilities, interpretive center to public in accordance with state mandates

As part of statewide effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the Port limits meetings, asks staff to work remotely while it maintains operations

In accordance with a recent statement by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, the Port of Kalama has closed its administrative office, facilities, and Interpretive Center to the public. Port staff are maintaining operations through a combination of social distancing and remote work from home.

The Port will communicate updates as they become available.

CONTACT: Port of Kalama 8a-5p 360-673-2325 or email POK@PortofKalama.com.

From a press release from the office of Governor Inslee:

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight that further expands protections against COVID-19. 

“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted.

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met.

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges.

“Tonight, after consultations with me and with the Department of Health, King County announced that they will be taking these actions immediately. King County has been the hotbed of this outbreak and has the largest population center in the state. I have spoken to Executive Dow Constantine and I applaud their decision to act quickly. We will do a joint media announcement with more details tomorrow morning.”

 

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