Partnerships, both local and international, are fundamental to the port’s success. Below are just a few examples of the many organizations we partner with in our efforts to provide economic benefit to our community.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities is a trade association which represents more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. AAPA is dedicated to serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management, professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.
Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA)
The Washington Public Ports Association was formed by the Legislature in 1961. WPPA promotes the interests of the port community through effective government relations, ongoing education, and strong advocacy programs.
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA)
Founded in 1934, PNWA has spent nearly 80 years successfully advocating for federal funding of our region’s navigation projects and public policy to improve the economic efficiency and environmental sustainability of the Pacific Northwest. We continue to collaborate with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and regional leaders on policies related to transportation, energy, trade and environmental issues on behalf of ports, public utilities, farmers, and shippers.
Merchants Exchange of Portland, Oregon
Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week, the Exchange is an integral part of the maritime industry, providing the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers and maritime and harbor communities with valuable information and service. In addition to providing 24-hour vessel intelligence, answering service and cargo and vessel statistics, the Exchange also provides extensive association management.
Maritime Fire & Safety Association (MFSA)
After a fire destroyed the M/V Protector Alpha in 1983, killing one Coast Guardsman and injuring a local firefighter, the Maritime Fire & Safety Association (MFSA) was established with the mission to promote fire protection, safety, and the enhancement of navigation on the Columbia and Willamette rivers in order to facilitate development of the maritime assets of the region.
Ports America is the largest US terminal operator and stevedore, with operations in every major port in the nation. With over 85 years of experience through predecessor companies, Ports America possesses dedicated resources that only a company of such scale and scope can deliver, including: skilled personnel, robust training programs, best-in class technology and experienced management.
Since 1858 and the days of four-masted schooners, Jones Stevedoring has been providing professional handling and management services. Under the leadership of one family, Jones Stevedoring has grown into the successful enterprise that it is today.
SSA Marine is privately owned and operated, and built upon the credibility of three generations of the Smith/Hemingway family who first established the Bellingham Stevedoring Company in 1949. Domestically, SSA Marine has worked steadily to establish productive cargo handling and related operations in every major U.S. shipping region including the West Coast, East Coast, Gulf and several river operations, as well as intermodal rail terminals across the country.
Metro Ports provides innovative, sustainable solutions for the maritime community. With over 150 years of history, Metro specializes in terminal operations and the stevedoring of dry bulk, liquid bulk, and break-bulk cargoes. Over the decades, Metro has expertly handled a myriad of cargoes: from ores to automobiles, from petroleum coke to steel, from chilled fruit to specialized project cargo and from containers to cement. Throughout all of their locations, Metro and its affiliates ensure that cargo is handled efficiently, safely and cost-effectively. Working in partnership to provide excellent service with honesty and integrity remains the hallmark that has generated recognition, success and customer loyalty for many decades.
Federal Support Agencies
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated civilians and soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, Corps teams work diligently to strengthen the Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities.
U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.
National Weather Service Forecast Office
The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an operating unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s mission is to provide weather, water and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
Local Support Agencies
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4
Since 1937, ILWU members have been providing skilled labor to the Port of Vancouver and to other northwest ports for the purpose of loading and unloading cargo for all destinations worldwide. Local 4 was chartered with the ILWU on September 20, 1937.
Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, (360) 694-9300
The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver is a private, nonprofit organization managed by a citizens’ board of directors, with a budget entirely based on community donations. The board hired Kent Williams in 2004 to become its fourth executive officer. The organization was started in 1966 for the purpose of greeting the many seafarers from all around the world that arrive on ships at the port, showing them hospitality and providing a variety of services.