UPDATED 3/26: To help control the spread of COVID-19, Port of Vancouver USA’s administrative office will be closed through April 24, 2020. Port terminal operations are not affected by this office closure. We will continue to provide updates as we adapt to this evolving situation. Click here to view our COVID-19 FAQ Response page.
HOLIDAY CLOSURE – CESAR CHAVEZ’S BIRTHDAY – March 31 – The Port of Vancouver USA will be closed for receipt and delivery of cargo on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in observance of Cesar Chavez’s Birthday. This day is considered a longshore holiday in accordance with applicable ILWU/PMA labor agreements, and overtime rates will apply. Vessel activity will not be interrupted.
What is the Port of Vancouver’s Current operation level?
To help control the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Port of Vancouver USA’s administrative office will be closed through April 24, 2020. The port has asked employees who can work remotely to do so. We will continue to maintain service levels to our customers and tenants, and port terminals remain fully operational. Ports play a critical role in our nation’s supply chain and maintaining the movement of cargo is essential to our local, national and world-wide economy. At this time ships continue to call at the port and cargo is moving across our docks. We are appreciative of our security, maintenance, terminal operations and ILWU personnel who are working to keep our marine terminal operational. We will continue to provide updates as we adapt to this evolving situation.
Please check back for updates and information on upcoming Board of Commissioners meetings.
The Port of Vancouver USA’s April 15 lecture and April 25 public tour have been postponed. Port leadership will monitor recommendations by health care professionals in the coming weeks, and will decide whether or not to postpone additional tours and lectures.
What Port of Vancouver facilities are closed?
At this time, our administrative offices are closed with a telecommute plan in effect. Warehouse ‘23 restaurant and event center at Terminal 1 are also closed in response to the Governor’s orders.
As an essential function of the Port of Vancouver USA, marine terminal and cargo operations will continue at normal operations, while staffing only essential personnel and labor. The port will operate its shipping facilities unless it is deemed unsafe or they are closed by the federal government. Click here for our news release regarding marine terminal operations and Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
Our industrial tenants are independent businesses with their own policies and practices. See below for more information on industrial tenants.
How is the port responding to COVID-19 at the marine terminal?
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is the agency in charge, and it is monitoring the last port-of-call for all vessels seeking to enter the Columbia River.
Vessel masters on each ship are responsible for monitoring the health of the crew and are required to report sick or ill crew members to the USCG prior to arrival– or face fines and potential arrest.
For the time being, crew members on commercial vessels that have been to China or embarked crewmembers who have been in China will be required to remain aboard the vessel while in port, except to conduct activities related to the cargo or provisioning of the vessel.
Washington State ports are in communication with each other and the USCG through the USCG Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC), which was established to be prepared for events such as this.
The Port of Vancouver is confident in the U.S. Coast Guard’s marine safety procedures to keep everyone safe.
What changes have been made to the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act in response to COVID-19?
Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28 (Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act) on March 24, 2020.
This proclamation temporarily prohibits in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56), suspending some statutory language that would require such contacts. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt, and to maintain business hours for public inspection and copying of records for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Please read the proclamation for details and to see the list of citations to the specific OPMA and PRA statutes or portions of statutes that are temporarily suspended.
What adjustments are in place for port industrial tenants and businesses?
Industrial tenants and businesses located at the port continue to follow the requirements, recommendations and guidance of state, county, city and public health officials. As such, businesses may be adjusting their schedule and operations as applicable to their business. With the Governor’s statewide Stay Home – Stay Healthy order, Warehouse ‘23 is temporarily closed with their Beaches Restaurant offering take-out options in compliance with the order. Support of our local businesses is critical, especially during challenging times like this. Purchasing a gift card is a good way to provide support during this time.
The port recommends visiting a business website or contacting them direct to confirm individual business schedules and service levels. If you are visiting the Port of Vancouver USA and/or any business on port property, we ask that you please do so responsibly by following the recommendations and guidance in place by public health officials.
What resources are available to tenants?
The following links provide information and resources for businesses. For additional questions on resources related to business assistance during and after the COVID-19 outbreak, contact Mike Bomar, Director of Economic Development at (360) 839-3577; firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Resources in Clark County related to the COVID-19 Outbreak and ongoing updates:
Resources available in the Greater Portland area:
Resources from the Governor’s Office economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19:
Employment Security Department:
U.S. Small Business Administration:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
U.S. Department of Labor
Department of Labor and Industries
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
How can I contact the port during this time?
If you need to contact the Port of Vancouver, or a specific staff member at this time, please follow the guide below. We will provide as much service as we can under the circumstances.
What does this mean for Port of Vancouver USA security?
Port of Vancouver USA security is considered essential personnel and there are no changes in security staffing. Our security team continues to work 24/7/365. To reach security personnel call 360-693-3611.
What will happen if the port becomes aware of potential or confirmed exposure of COVID-19 at its facilities?
The port will follow the guidance of public health officials, notify individuals as necessary and take appropriate actions to isolate and clean any affected areas. We have not had any confirmed exposure to date.
Where can I go to stay up to date on future operational adjustments?
When we experience any change in operations, the port will directly notify its employees, tenants and shipping customers, and also, provide notice to the public via the port’s website www.portvanusa.com and the port’s primary social media channels (Facebook & Twitter).
Where can I go to stay up to date with COVID-19 information?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clark County Public Health have great resources and information available on their websites: