Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Port & What is its role?

The Port of Vancouver USA has been a part of our community since 1912 whose primary role is being an economic engine and job creator. The Port currently occupies a total of 2,127 acres with more than 800 developed acres and over 600 acres available for future development. Port property is developed for maritime trade and industrial businesses that provide family-wage jobs, revenue for local and regional public services, and a vital connection to the international marketplace. There is 610,000 sq. ft. of waterfront warehousing and two mobile harbor cranes for break bulk ad heavy lift cargo. This deep-water, international transportation gateway has five marine terminals and 13 berths that handle more than 400 ocean-going vessels and river barges, with a total cargo volume exceeding 7 million metric tons, annually. Two major North American railroad lines converge at the Port, as well as primary freight arterials of the U.S. Interstate Highway network. There are more than 57 miles of track, currently handling 60,000 railcars per year, with the ability to handle 300,000 railcars. As of 2017, more than 50 tenants occupy part of over 2 million square feet of warehouse space. The Port even has the ability to help prospective tenants find funding sources for project development, such as the use of the federal New Markets Tax Credit Program. 

What is a Port Commissioner's role?

Commissioners are responsible for setting policy for the Port as a public agency, hiring the CEO who is responsible for implementation of policy as well as managing operations, oversight to ensure progress is on track, and directing staff based on community suggestions. The end result should be success in furthering positive impact in our community with more family-wage jobs and greater opportunities for business to invest in the future.

What is the Port currently working on?

Waterfront Project 

  • Terminal 1 consists of 10 acres of Port land along the Columbia River. Prime waterfront property adjoins a high-end commercial and residential development, a new City of Vancouver Waterfront Park, and a vibrant downtown core. 

West Vancouver Freight Access (WVFA)

  • The Port invested in freight rail infrastructure to generate and create jobs now and for the future. WVFA improves ability to move freight through the Port and also along BNSF Railway and UP Railroad mainlines that connect the Pacific Northwest to major rail hubs. This infrastructure is projected to reduce current delays in rail traffic by as much as 40%, lowering costs for U.S. Manufacturers and farmers, making them more competitive in global markets.

Centennial Industrial Park 

  • The 108-acer CIP features 17 acres that are now ready-to-build and available for lease. An adjacent 50 acres of land, ideal for light industry or advanced manufacturing, are available for future development. In addition, a 125,000 sq. ft. industrial building is expected to be completed by June 2017.

Terminal 5  

  • Terminal 5 features a loop track that allows unit trains to be handled within the Port's internal rail complex. An 8,500 ft. long loop track was designed to accommodate multiple unit trains carrying a variety of dry and liquid bulk cargoes such as dry bulk, liquid bulk, auto, and other commodities. There is also room to add two arrival/departure tracks in the corridor. The Port is reviewing Statements of Interest from firms interested in designing, permitting, constructing, and operating a high-volume marine terminal facility.

Vancouver Energy 

  • Vancouver Energy is a joint venture of Tesoro Corp. and Savage services. Tesoro has been a Port tenant since 1985 and has proposed a 10 year lease of 42 acres for a crude oil distribution facility that would include a rail unloading facility, storage tanks, and a vessel loading area. The project would bring up to 360,000 barrels of North American crude oil by rail to the Port daily, where it would then be loaded into marine vessels for shipment to refineries in Alaska, California, and Washington. Tesoro-Savage anticipates making $210 million in capital improvements translating to total local economic benefits of approximately $2 billion: $1.6 billion in labor income; $44 million Port of Vancouver Revenue; $22 million one-time tax payment; and $7.8 million annual tax revenue. The project expects to create 176 permanent positions, approximately 300 construction jobs, and 1,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. While Vancouver Energy awaits a final decision from the Washington State Energy Facility Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and Governor Inslee, they are paying $100,000 a month in leasing fees.