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Intermezzo calls the Port of Vancouver USA on her maiden voyage (Photo) - 07/15/19

VANCOUVER, Wash.—The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Intermezzo, commanded by Capt. Ki Suhyn of South Korea, on her maiden voyage July 11.

Capt. Suhyn and his 21-member crew from Korea and Myanmar were welcomed to the Port of Vancouver USA by representatives from NuStar Energy L.P. and Norton Lilly.

The Intermezzo is a 180-meter liquid bulk vessel built in Mailiao, Taiwan. She is owned and operated by Mol Chemical Tankers PTE LTD, and is one in a series of vessels with music related names. 

The Intermezzo departed Taiwan for the U.S. on June 12.  She will discharge approximately 10,000 metric tons of sodium hydroxide at the Port of Vancouver USA before sailing to San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Photo credit: Port of Vancouver USA

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

 

POV NEWS: Port, partners and community open new section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway along NW Lower River Road - 07/02/19

For Immediate Release

July 2, 2019

 

Contact:                      Julie Rawls, Community Relations Specialist

                                   360.823-5297 direct

                                   360.448-8615 cell

Port, partners and community open new section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway along NW Lower River Road

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A crowd of bicyclists, state and local partners, walkers and Port of Vancouver USA staff converged on a spot along Northwest Lower River Road today to cut the ribbon on a new section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway and celebrate improved connectivity for the community.

The almost half-mile section of landscaped, asphalt path connects existing sections of trail along State Route 501/Northwest Lower River Road between the port’s administrative offices and Farwest Steel to the west.  It’s one section of an overall path that, when fully complete, will extend 4.5 miles along SR 501.

“We’re very excited to be opening another segment of trail today,” said port commission Vice President Don Orange. “It’s important the community have safe access not only to the jobs and industry here at the port, but also the great recreational areas along Lower River Road.” After remarks and ribbon cutting, Commissioner Orange, a recreational cyclist, led a contingent on his bike down the new section of pathway.  Joining Commissioner Orange in delivering remarks at the event were Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Matt Ransom, Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC).

The port’s multiuse path is being completed in segments to address funding opportunities and the unique design needs specific to each segment.  Total project cost for this section of the bike/pedestrian pathway is nearly $1 million and was a joint project between the port and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.  The project received $500,000 in federal transportation funds through the Transportation Alternatives Program administered locally through the RTC. 

General contractor for the .42 mile segment is Keystone Contracting Inc.   Planning and design of the asphalt pathway was provided by BergerABAM with geotechnical services provided by  Geotechnical Resources, Inc.  The project includes a unique elevated boardwalk over a wetland area that was designed by Western Wood Structures, Inc. and constructed by Michael’s Custom Woodworking.  The boardwalk itself is composed of Fibergrate, a molded fiberglass slip resistant grate considered a “bike approved surface.” Concrete work was provided by Daybreak Construction, a certified Women Business Enterprise.  Native seed mix producing beautiful floral landscaping was provided by Pro Time Lawn Seed, a certified Women Business Enterprise and Emerging Small Business.

Other subcontractors working on the project include CSI Construction, Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping, AKS Engineering, Jones Aggregates, Inc., Tapani Electric and CalPortland.  

The new segment of pathway is part of a countywide trail system that will eventually connect Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal to the Columbia River Renaissance Trail and to Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park in Vancouver.  The port is responsible for the final two additional miles of pathway, from Farwest Steel to the Vancouver Lake flushing channel. The final two miles will connect to an already-existing segment that extends to Frechman’s Bar. 

 

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Attached Media Files: Bike-Ped_Path_Release_070219.pdf
POV NEWS: Port of Vancouver USA, partners celebrate opening of new section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway - 06/27/19

MEDIA ADVISORY


For Immediate Release

June 27, 2019

 

Contact:                      Julie Rawls, Community Relations Specialist

                                   360-823-5297 direct

                                   360-448-8615 cell

 

Port of Vancouver USA, partners celebrate opening of new section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Cyclists, walkers, rollerbladers, and non-motorized scooter users are invited to join the Port of Vancouver USA, Vancouver’s Mayor and other guests in celebrating the completion of the newest section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway along State Route 501/Northwest Lower River Road. 

With completion of this project, the 12 ft.-wide pathway now extends 1.38 miles from the convergence of Mill Plain, Fourth Plain and Northwest Lower River Road northwest to Farwest Steel.

This new section features a unique elevated boardwalk constructed in two 115 ft. sections.  The boardwalk, made of special slip-resistant pultruded grating, will take cyclists and walkers over a section of wetland.

Dedication of the almost half-mile new section of bike/pedestrian pathway will include a few remarks, ribbon cutting and an inaugural bike ride led by Port Commissioner Don Orange.

 

What:             Celebration of completion of a section of bicycle/pedestrian pathway along State Route 501/Lower River Road between the port’s administrative offices and Farwest Steel.

 

When:             10 a.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2019
 

Where:           Gathering point for the event will be near the new segment’s boardwalk, just west of the port’s Administrative Offices at 3103 Northwest Lower River Rd.  Follow signs along Lower River Road for the event site and parking area.  The event will take place outdoors.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

 

Who:              Speakers are:

 

Parking:         Ample parking is available in a large area adjacent to the event site and Farwest Steel ((3703 Northwest Gateway Ave.) Follow signs along Northwest Lower River Road for the entrance to the parking area.

 

– POV –

 The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Attached Media Files: Bike-Ped_path_Advisory_062719.pdf
POV NEWS: Port of Vancouver USA receives largest single shipment of wind turbine blades in Vestas history - 06/26/19

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2019

 

Port contact:               hart@portvanusa.com">Ryan Hart, Chief External Affairs Officer  360-518-2553 cell

Vestas contact:           Chante Condit-Pottol, Communications Specialist  503-708-6668 cell

PacifiCorp contact:     PacifiCorp Media Hotline  1-800-570-5838

 

Port of Vancouver USA receives largest single shipment of wind turbine blades in Vestas history

M/V Combi Dock I delivers 198 Vestas blades destined for PacifiCorp’s Marengo Wind Project as part of its Energy Vision 2020 initiative

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA received the largest single shipment of 198 wind turbine blades in Vestas history this week, breaking the previous record of 156 blades on a single ship. The unprecedented delivery which arrived at the port Monday, June 24, is a joint effort between blade manufacturer Vestas and project owner PacifiCorp. The special “repowering”blades will increase production at PacifiCorp’s Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, Washington by more than 35 percent.

“The port is uniquely qualified to handle these types of projects,” said CEO Julianna Marler. “Our heavy lift mobile cranes, acres of laydown space, highly-skilled workforce, and dedication to renewable energy make the Port of Vancouver the perfect port for receiving wind energy components.”

“We are grateful for our partners including ILWU Local 4, Local 40 and Local 92,” said Chief Commercial Officer Alex Strogen. “We also thank Jones Stevedoring, Transmarine and Combi Dock. Their talent, expertise and hard work are integral to the port’s continued commercial success.”

The 198 blades, each measuring 49 meters (161 feet) in length, were manufactured in and shipped from Italy.

“With our North American headquarters based in Portland, it is especially gratifying to be part of bringing the environmental and economic benefits of wind energy to the Pacific Northwest,” said Vestas North America President Chris Brown. “The arrival of this shipment and its 198 blades represent the significant supply chain industry and jobs created and supported by the wind energy economy.  We’re proud to partner with PacifiCorp and the port to bring more wind energy benefits to Washington.”

As part of its Energy Vision 2020 plan, PacifiCorp is increasing the wind energy it generates for its 1.9 million customers by more than 50 percent by repowering its existing wind fleet with new technology and bringing 1,100 megawatts of new clean wind energy projects online by end of year 2020. The $3 billion investment supports local economies and brings jobs to rural communities.

“We’re excited to bring this upgrade to the Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, a town that’s helping to grow clean, renewable energy right here in our region,” said Tim Hemstreet, Managing Director for Renewable Energy at PacifiCorp. “By using the latest technology to repower these existing wind turbines, we’re able to deliver to our customers a boost of clean, wind energy while keeping energy costs low.” 

The Marengo Wind Project currently generates enough renewable energy to supply 53,000 average Northwest residences annually. The large blades and advanced technology will allow each turbine to generate over 35 percent more energy—helping to power 72,000 homes a year with the same wind fleet and amount of wind.

Once unloaded from the ship, the blades will be moved to laydown space at the port’s Terminal 5. From there, they will be transported by truck to the Marengo Wind Facility over the next few months.

The port looks forward to welcoming an additional vessel from Vestas in August, which will nearly meet the previous record by carrying 153 blades and 11 hubs.

The Port of Vancouver USA has long been a leader in the port industry in supporting renewable energy projects and is one of the West Coast leaders in the movement of wind energy components to support new and existing wind energy projects.

You can view footage of the vessel here.

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

 

About Vestas

Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 102 GW of wind turbines in 80 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 87 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 24,500 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future. We invite you to learn more about Vestas by visiting our website at www.vestas.com

 

About PacifiCorp

PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving more than 1.9 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Visit www.pacificorp.com

Heather Stebbings to join Port of Vancouver USA as Director of Communications - 06/24/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Heather Stebbings as its Director of Communications. Stebbings joins the port July 8.

Stebbings has been supporting the port and maritime industries in the Pacific Northwest for more than a decade. Prior to joining the port, she served as the Government Relations Director for the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA), and previously served as the association’s Communications and Government Relations Manager.

“Heather’s extensive knowledge of not only the Port of Vancouver, but of all ports and marine-related industries in the Pacific Northwest, will be an incredible asset to our organization,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “We’re excited to have her join the port team.”  

Stebbings joins the Port of Vancouver External Affairs Department where her responsibilities will include supporting the marketing and community outreach programs, and managing the port’s communications program, including public information, media relations and social media.

                                                                                          – POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Port of Vancouver USA to receive world's largest shipment of wind turbine blades ever shipped on a single vessel - 06/21/19

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

June 21, 2019

 

Port contact:               hart@portvanusa.com">Ryan Hart, Chief External Affairs Officer, 360-518-2553 cell

Vestas contact:           Chante Condit-Pottol, Communications Specialist, 503-708-6668 cell

PacifiCorp contact:     PacifiCorp media hotline, 1-800-570-5838

 

Port of Vancouver USA to receive world’s largest shipment of wind turbine blades ever shipped on a single vessel

The blades from Vestas will boost capacity on existing turbines at Pacificorp’s Marengo Wind Project by more than 35 percent

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA is scheduled to receive the largest shipment of wind turnbine blades ever shipped on a single vessel. The ship, which is sailing from Taranto, Italy, is carrying 198 wind turbine blades that each measure 49 meters in length. The blades, manufactured by Vestas, are destined for PacifiCorp’s Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, Washington as part of a “repowering” project that adds larger blades and newer technology to substantially increase renewable energy output.

Crews will unload the blades using the port’s two Liebherr mobile harbor cranes. Once unloaded, waiting trucks will move the blades to a laydown area at the port’s Terminal 5. They will be trucked over the next three months to Dayton and staged for construction which will occur from July through October.

 

What:  Offloading the largest shipment of wind turbine blades ever shipped on a single vessel – stacked five-high above deck, and three-high below deck


When:  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday,  June 26, 2019
 

Where:  Meet at the port’s security gate, (2605 West 26th Avenue, Vancouver) to be escorted to the viewing site

 

Who:              Commissioner Jerry Oliver, Port of Vancouver USA

                        Julianna Marler, CEO, Port of Vancouver USA

                        Chante Condit-Pottol, Communications Specialist, Vestas

                        Tim Hemstreet, Managing Director, Renewable Energy, PacifiCorp

                       

Why:   As part of its Energy Vision 2020 plan, PacifiCorp is increasing the wind energy it generates for its 1.9 million customers by more than 50 percent by repowering its existing wind fleet with new technology and bringing 1,100 MW of new clean wind energy projects online by end of year 2020. The Marengo Wind Project is part of a series of “repowering” projects that will update the company’s existing wind fleet to boost energy output while keeping costs low. The projects also support local economies and bring jobs and investment to rural communities.

Details:  All media personnel will meet and check in at the port’s main security gate. Government issued photo ID is required. Port escorts will guide media through the terminal, to a parking and viewing location near the ship. Special parking will be set aside for news vans. 

Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes (full coverage). The port will provide hard hats and safety vests, which are required to be worn at all times.

 

About Port of Vancouver USA

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

 

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 102 GW of wind turbines in 80 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 87 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 24,500 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future. We invite you to learn more about Vestas by visiting our website at www.vestas.com.

 

About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving more than 1.9 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Visit www.pacificorp.com.