The Port of Astoria is governed by the State of Oregon's rules and regulations. The Port of Astoria Commissioners, an elected board, sets policy for the management of the port. The Port of Astoria is tasked with maintaining and operating ship piers, mooring basins, office and industrial properties, and an airport. The Port of Astoria's boundaries are the same as those of Clatsop County. The Port of Astoria is responsible for marine facilities at the City of Astoria's waterfront and airport and industrial properties in the City of Warrenton.
The Port of Astoria's long-term vision is to contribute to economic development of the community and the State by improving and maintaining infrastructure, maintaining deep-draft terminals, supporting commercial fishing and tourism, marketing industrial properties, making Tongue Point a self-supporting industrial marine facility, and responding to emerging market opportunities.
Pier 1, the eastern of the Port of Astoria's two terminal piers, is a port-of-call for cruise ships and a cargo-handling pier for general cargo and for military and industrial vessels. Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria can accommodate vessels up to 335.3 meters (1100 feet) in length, and it has alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet). Pier 1 has three acres of upland staging areas. The pier is available from time to time for public access.
The Port of Astoria's Pier 2 handles commercial fishing, Pier 2 has a 1.6-acre tenant building, and the Port of Astoria plans for as many as three new industrial buildings as part of its Central Waterfront Master Plan. The Marine Spill Response Corporation's Oregon Responder is based at the Port of Astoria's Pier 2. Three fish processors currently occupy Pier 2, and the pier supports the commercial fishing fleet with fish off-loading and fish net haul-out areas. The Port of Astoria is seeking private investors to develop cold storage and cannery facilities at Pier 2.
Pier 2 in the Port of Astoria can accommodate vessels to 335.3 meters (1100 feet) long. The east side of Pier 2 has berthing distance of 396.2 meters (1300 feet), and the dock on the west side of the pier has berthing distance of 274.3 meters (900 feet). Alongside depths at Pier 2 range from 7.6 to 10.7 meters (25 to 35 feet).
At the Port of Astoria's Pier 3 are the port's haul-out facility and a 10-acre boatyard offering affordable upland and long-term boat storage. The Pier 3 facility in the Port of Astoria has an 88-ton travel lift and an effective wash-down system. Reservations are required for haul-out service through the Marine Service Supervisor. Boaters can contract for on-site marine repairs or lease boatyard space for doing their own work. The Port of Astoria boatyard has a barge ramp.
Tongue Point is home to the Port of Astoria's marine and industrial facility. Formerly a United States Naval Station, Tongue Point has five finger piers with a total of about 4.5 kilometers (over two miles) of berthing space. Located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, Tongue Point enjoys protected waters and access to the Columbia River channel. Alternating fresh- and salt-water currents minimize the need for hull maintenance. This Port of Astoria facility has an on-site 30-acre paved tarmac, boat and seaplane ramps, a barge-loading platform, an ice house, and lease space for offices.
The Port of Astoria's East Basin is home to the fishing fleet, and it is well-suited for mooring commercial vessels. In addition, the East Basin Marina is popular with recreational boaters. There are 82 slips with water and electricity at the East Basin Marina in the Port of Astoria and a 396.2 by 12.8 meter (1300 by 42 foot) paved public pier where anglers fish the Columbia River.
Although visitors should check with the Marina to confirm amenities, on-site amenities at the Port of Astoria's East Basin Marina include a boat launch ramp, picnic areas, lodging, showers and toilets, potable water, telephone, taxi service, trailer storage, and 24-hour parking. The marina offers daily, monthly, and annual moorage available on a first-come first-served basis. There are also waiting lists for moorage of all sizes of slips.
Daily rates range from $12 for vessels from 6.1 to 8.8 meters (20 to 29 feet) to $15 for vessels from 9.1 to 11.9 meters (30 to 39 feet) and $20 for vessels from 12.2 to 14.9 meters (40 to 49 feet). Prepaid monthly ($9/foot/month) and annual ($28/foot/month) rates are based on overall length of vessels, and the guest slips are up to 30.5 meters (100 feet). Visitors should check on current rates. Reservations are not accepted at the Port of Astoria's East Basin Marina. Electricity is available at an additional charge. Fuel dock, pump-out station, and marine repair services are available at the Port of Astoria's West Basin Marina.
The West Basin Marina in the Port of Astoria is used by fishing boats and other commercial vessels in addition to recreational boats. The West Basin Marina has 335 slips, including transient slips, and total capacity is up to 400 using side-tie and lineal-tie moorings. Annual and permanent contract moorage is available on a first-come space-available basis, and waiting lists are maintained. Long-term vehicle and boat trailer parking is also available.
Rates are the same as those for the Port of Astoria's East Basin Marina. While the boat ramp is at the East Basin Marina, the West Basin Marina has the gas and diesel fuel dock, the free pump-out station, and marine repair services. Visitors should check to verify on-site amenities, but the West Basin Marina offers on-site customs service, boat charters, boat lift, hoist service, boat and trailer storage, free pump-out station, bait and tackle, a fish-cleaning station and fishing licenses, lodging, restaurants, picnic areas, toilets and showers, taxi service, telephones, hardware, ice, laundry facilities, potable water, and 24-hour parking.
Located at North Tongue Point, the Washington Group owns a former submarine and destroyer base and leases it to the Port of Astoria. The Port of Astoria plans for the North Tongue Point facilities to become a hub for marine-related development. With a 30-acre paved surface, the Port of Astoria's North Tongue Point has a three-acre warehouse and five finger piers with a total length of 4.6 kilometers (2.8 miles). The Port of Astoria's North Tongue Point also has deep-water rail access. The facilities and services at the North Tongue Point Marine and Industrial Facility are open throughout the year for commercial vessels and marine-related businesses.
Pier space, a barge loading dock, a floating dock, is available for daily or monthly fees. Parcels of land less than an acre are available for $0.10/square foot/month, and parcels of one acre and above are available for $0.50/square foot/month. Warehouse and office space are available in the former base hangar. A truck dock is available for $100/day, and forklifts can be rented for $65/day. Customers can get labor and line handlers. Utilities are available for cost plus 15%, and potable water is available.
The Port of Astoria is growing as a port-of-call for cruise lines and operators. The deep-water port can accommodate the largest modern cruise ships. The Port of Astoria offers cruise passengers a variety of services. The open-air "Never on a Sunday Market" located at the cruise pier offers up to 40 booths where local artists and craftspeople offer their wares. Shuttle services are available every 15 minutes while the ship is in port for both passengers and cruise ship crews. Visitors can purchase an all-day pass to use the shuttles or to ride on the historic trolley on an unlimited basis. Passengers can arrange in advance for shore excursions along the coasts of north Oregon and southwest Washington.