Portland has many excellent geographic features that recommend it -- one of these is its very mild & temperate Willamette Valley climate, almost 100 miles up the great Columbis River -- were we are protected from the worst harsh coastal storms. Portland's rapid growth is in part due to this hospitable geographic situation.
But this same inland and upriver location of Portland is not necessarily suitable for 21st Century deep-water international shipping... because the cargo ships are very big, and keep getting even bigger. The newer ones can no longer even fit in the shipping channel from the ocean to the Port of Portland !!
As you can see from the map above, by the same token, Portland is also not the most logicial place for the loading or unloading of vessels with overseas or international cargo: these large oceangoing vessels require an extensive basin for anchorage while awaiting the chance to load or unload cargo at a pier ....
NOW... it is fair to say that Portland ALREADY has access to such a deep-water facility --only its a little further downriver than Terminal 6 !!
RIGHT !! Many business operations take this approach:
They'll have a regular entance, and "bay doors," or , you might say,
a "LOAD IN/LOAD OUT" entrance for the big-ticket items !!!
SOME OF THOSE TRUCKS JUST WON'T FIT BY THE FRONT ENTRANCE !!
PORTLAND and OREGON have A BUILT-IN RECEIVING ENTRANCE --
A WAREHOUSE ENTRANCE WITH A VAST LOADING DOCK
...which is perfect for all these needs:
It's called the PORT of ASTORIA ...
and it is economically efficient as a port terminus for deep-water shipping....
PORT OF OREGON
IS REALLY THE ONLY ....
The fact is, we need a new legislative scheme from Salem, to accomodate changes in hydrography (the Willamette and Columbia keep SILTING UP !!!) as well as to create the infrastructure to accomodate these new deep-draft ocean-going container vessels
With DEEP-WATER PIERS at SMITH POINT !
(Three of them are already built... 1300 ft long each !!)
The fertile lands of Idaho, and the inland plains of Eastern Washington and Oregon, bountifully irrigated by Columbia river waters, and tended by hard-working farmers, yield abundant harvests of wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, apples, melons, peas, lentils, chick peas .... also beef and wool. In fact, all in MUCH GREATER AMOUNTS than we can actually eat ourselves -- so we EXPORT IT !!!
The mountainous regions of Central and Western Washington and Oregon also produce crops like cherries, apricots, plums, apples, and perrenial harvests of timber, primarily Douglas Fir. We use it for building homes and milling paper products, and some of it gets ... EXPORTED to people everywhere !!
BUT ... where should we export all of this FROM ???
BUILD IT ... ... and they will come.
ASTORIA - PORT of OREGON
Meanwhile, in the inland valleys, not only do our crops and livestock grow prolifically, but our clever and industrious men and women -- mechanics, machinists, engineers and other tradesmen -- produce valuable durable goods and electronics, fabricating them on high-precision machines out of specially made metals, ceramics and plastics. Because they are smart Americans, they also make ... MUCH MORE than we can USE!!
So we EXPORT those products TOO!!
This is where our Longshoremen and Warehousemen come in ....
OUR INLAND CITIES ARE REALLY HUBS
FOR PRODUCTION AND EXPORT !
GOSH: SOMEONE SHOULD TELL THE GOVERNOR THIS !!
THE PORT OF PORTLAND ?
YES ... MUCH OF IT CAN MOVE EFFICIENTLY THIS WAY: THE PORT OF PORTLAND HAS EXCELLENT TERMINAL CAPACITY FOR MOST OF THESE TYPES OF CARGOES ....
I see you've each brought your own lunch...
DOES NEW YORK DO DEEP-WATER SHIPPING OUT OF ALBANY?
OR LOUISIANA DO DEEP-WATER SHIPPING OUT OF BATON ROUGE ?
OR CALIFORNIA OUT OF SACRAMENTO ... ... OR REDDING??