Port of Vancouver USA

Click here to view our COVID-19 FAQ Response page. Port of Vancouver USA’s administrative office is closed, with staff working remotely. Marine terminal and cargo operations remain fully operational.

COVID-19 Response

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 remains closed. We will continue to follow the protocols outlined in the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources and Recommendations. 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. We will continue to provide updates as new information comes available.


What Port of Vancouver facilities are closed?

At this time, our administrative offices are closed to the public with a telecommute plan in effect. To reach port staff, call (360) 693-3611 during regular administrative office hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

As an essential function of the Port of Vancouver USA, marine terminal and cargo operations will continue at normal operations. The port will operate its shipping facilities unless it is deemed unsafe or they are closed by the federal government. 

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.

Washington State ports are in communication with each other and working with the USCG on COVID-19 related matters. 

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 until the termination of the state of emergency pursuant to RCW 43.06.210. 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. 

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; mbomar@portvanusa.com

Southwest Washington COVID vaccine and health resources

Business Resources in Clark County related to the COVID-19 Outbreak and ongoing updates:

Statewide Business Resources:

Governor’s Office

Employment Security Department:

U.S. Department of Labor

Port of Vancouver COVID-19 Tenant Town Hall virtual meeting:

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.

  • Administration and Security – Call 360-693-3611 during regular Administration Office business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., to be directed to the appropriate staff member (as available).
  • Properties and Tenants – Call Mike Schiller, 360-823-5328 or email mschiller@portvnausa.com for any urgent matter that may arise.
  • Economic Development – Call Mike Bomar, 360-839-3577 or e-mail mbomar@portvanusa.com for information on economic recovery programs.
  • Communications/Media Inquiries – Call Therese Lang, 360-518-8590 or e-mail tlang@portvanusa.com
  • If you are looking to reach a specific staff member, you may check out our staff roster, staff will respond based on availability.


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 continue to follow the guidance of public health officials, notify individuals as necessary and take appropriate actions to isolate and clean any affected areas. 

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:

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Port of Vancouver USA

3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

PHONE 360-693-3611 FAX 360-735-1565 EMAIL info@portvanusa.com