The ports in Oregon are incorporated special local districts run by locally-elected boards of commissioners. The port districts can generate income through user fees, bonding, taxation, and other sources. The Port of Newport district was formed in 1910 to cooperate with local businesses and organizations to support programs and projects that will increase community economic development and create jobs. The Port of Newport leases property at their three main business centers: the international shipping terminal, the commercial fishing marina, and the recreational marina complex.
The Port of Newport owns and operates several facilities. Swede's Dock is used to moor small vessels, and vessel owners can make small repairs along the Swede's Dock floats. The Port of Newport Swede's Dock has berthing distance of 79.2 meters (260 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet).
The Service Wharf in the Port of Newport is used to handle supplies and equipment being moved to/from vessels. At the rear of the wharf are the Port of Newport offices and a parking lot. The Port of Newport's Service Wharf has berthing distance of 67.1 meters (220 feet) with alongside depth of 4.9 meters (16 feet).
Dock No. 7 in the Port of Newport is used for mooring fishing vessels under 13.7 meters (45 feet). It has berthing distance of 109.7 meters (360 feet) and 9.8 meters (32.2 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet). Also used for mooring vessels, the Port of Newport Dock No. 1 has berthing distance of 22.9 meters (75 feet) with alongside depth of 4.9 meters (16 feet).
The Port of Newport's Dock No. 5 is used for mooring and fueling fishing vessels. A fueling pipeline connects two storage tanks with total capacity for 7200 gallons to the fuel float operated by Port Dock Marina. Dock No. 5 in the Port of Newport can accommodate vessels over 13.7 meters (45 feet). It has three berths. Two of them have berthing distance of 12.2 meters (40 feet) with alongside depth of 5.5 meters (18 feet). One berth has berthing distance of 100.6 meters (330 feet) with alongside depths of 5.5 and 12.2 meters (18 and 40 feet).
The Port of Newport's Berth 1 Wharf is used to occasionally ship and receive logs and lumber. At the rear of the wharf are a ten-hectare open storage area and an office building. The Berth 1 Wharf at the Port of Newport has berthing distance of 189 meters (620 feet) with alongside depth of 10.4 meters (34 feet).
The Berth 2 Wharf in the Port of Newport is used to handle supplies and equipment for fishing vessels and to moor vessels. It shares the open storage area with the Berth 2 Wharf. The Port of Newport's Berth 2 Wharf has berthing distance of 33.5 meters (110 feet) with alongside depths of 7.6 and 10.4 meters (25 and 34 feet).
The Port of Newport Excursion Dock is operated by Marine Discovery Tours to moor their vessel, the Discovery. The Excursion Dock in the Port of Newport has berthing distance of 19.8 meters (65 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet).
Carvalho Fisheries operates the Port of Newport Dock No. 2 to receive seafood. The dock has berthing distance of 61 meters (200 feet) with alongside depth of 5.5 meters (18 feet).
The United States Government owns, and the US Coast Guard operates the Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay Moorings to moor the station's vessels. The moorings has two berths. One berth has berthing distance of 30.5 meters (100 feet) with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet), and the second has berthing distance of 0.6 meters (two feet) with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet).
The Port of Newport's holdings in South Beach include about 20 hectares leased by the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center and 16 hectares leased by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. NOAA's Marine Operations Center-Pacific facility is located in about two hectares at the Port of Newport's South Beach.
Port of Newport marina leases includes a 1.1 acre building that houses the Oregon Brewing Company's brewery and restaurant. The company also operates a distillery in the marina facility. Other Port of Newport marina leases include Yaquina Bay Fruit Processors, the Newport Marina Store & Charters, and the Newport Belle floating bed and breakfast.
The Port of Newport's commercial harbor includes leases held by the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, Englund Marine Supply, the fuel concession, and dock space held by a shipwright. Port of Newport Bayfront properties include office space leased by US Customs, Pacific Seafood, and Captains Charters.
The Port of Newport International Terminal contains leases for both buildings and land. Fishing businesses have gear storage facilities on land owned by the Port of Newport Trident Seafoods has storage space in a building owned by the Port of Newport, and they lease land for their fish meal plant. The Port of Newport leases building space for Foulweather Trawl's net building and repair business. Supporting the commercial fishing fleet, Northern Refrigeration and J. Lamb Marine Electric lease shop space from the Port of Newport. Offering full-service brokerage, marketing, and listings for boats, Seafarers Permits & Brokerage lease office space at the Port of Newport International Terminal.
The Port of Newport International Terminal is one of the Oregon Coast deep-draft ports. The cargo docks are located about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the ocean entrance buoy, and it takes about 60 minutes to travel from pilot boarding to vessel tie-up. Air draft under the highway bridge is 41.1 meters (135 feet) at low water.
The Port of Newport International Terminal's turning basin adjacent to the cargo berths is 274.3 by 365.8 meters (900 by 1200 feet). Traditionally, the Port of Newport International Terminal has been used to import and export forest products. The entrance to the terminal is dredged to meters 12.2 meters (40 feet), and the mean tidal range at the terminal is about 1.8 meters (six feet). There are about 12 hectares of storage for bulk cargoes adjacent to the terminal, and there are about eight hectares of vacant industrial land with utilities available for development.
One of the original barges that was sunk to create cargo docks in the Port of Newport, the Pasley, experienced structural failure in 1996, releasing fuels and other petroleum hydrocarbons into Yaquina Bay, forcing the dock to close to cargo-handling or vessel tie-up. Continuing structural stress will eventually result in the complete failure of the vessel's hull. Today, both vessels require environmental remediation and clean-up. Therefore, the Port of Newport is rebuilding the International Terminal property. The new terminal facility will link marine commerce moving through the Port of Newport to Oregon's central coast highways.
In early 2010, the Port of Newport board of commissioners approved the rebuilding project. Phase One of the project will involve remediating the Pasley and Hannebique vessels and removing the Pasley from the property. The Port of Newport will construct a new west dock to replace the Pasley. To assure the continued safe use of the west dock, the Port of Newport will upgrade the existing fishing dock. Additional actions will include demolishing the office and warehouse buildings currently over the Hennebique, asphalting the upland transition at the new west dock, and providing utilities for both the east and west docks.
Phase Two of the Port of Newport International Terminal rebuild will involve installing a bulkhead wall at the bow of the Hennebique, filling the void between the new dock and the Hennebique's bow, and equalizing the surface elevation. Phase Three of the Port of Newport International Terminal rebuild will entail replacing the old wooden dock with a new east dock, finishing dock utilities, and installing any mooring dolphins that are needed.
In addition to rebuilding the Newport International Terminal, the Port of Newport has hired consultants to assess the feasibility of making the Port of Newport a Port of Call for west coast cruise lines. As a result of the studies, the Port of Newport has formed a Cruise Ship Committee consisting of 22 local leaders and stakeholders to develop an action plan that will address environmental requirements, infrastructure capacities, economic impacts, and tourism and cruise line development.
The Port of Newport has also developed a five-year plan to upgrade the moorage docks at South Beach and at the commercial marinas. The first project, H-Dock, has been completed. The new dock can handle vessels over 12.2 meters (40 feet), and the dock is equipped with water and power. Work on the Port of Newport's G-Dock at South Beach is underway. This project includes replacing the Port Dock 5 gangway and pilings.
The Port of Newport owns 426.7 meters (1400 feet) of waterfront at Bay Boulevard where the port's administration building and commercial marina are located. The Port of Newport is home to one of the West Coast's most productive fishing fleets. Planning is underway for a Port of Newport mixed-use Fisheries Center that will contain space for events, offices, education, and interpretation.
The Port of Newport Fisheries Center will have moorage for about 200 commercial fishing vessels, a 91.4-meter (30-foot) service dock with four hoists, 61 meters (200 feet) of floating docks for vessel repairs, and about two acres for storage of crab gear. In addition to these facilities, the Port of Newport Fisheries Center will have an on-site shipwright and several marine supply businesses.
The Port of Newport Marina & RV Park at South Beach is one of best places on Oregon's coast to moor a pleasure craft. The marina is near the ocean and has an easily-accessible fuel dock. Daily boat trailer parking is available, and there is a paved launch ramp with a staging area and a courtesy dock. In 2008, the Oregon State Marine Board designated the Port of Newport Marina & RV Park a Clean Marina.
The Port of Newport Marina & RV Park offers 450 moorage slips ranging from 7.3 to 14.6 meters (24 to 48 feet), and it can accommodate larger vessels at linear ties. The slips are equipped with fresh water hook-ups and shore power. The marina contains a full-service fuel dock and sanitary pump-out station. The launch ramp includes a fresh-water boat wash and ample short-term boat trailer parking. In addition, the Port of Newport Marina & TV Park has a public use fishing pier, fish-cleaning stations, picnic bunkers, and public restrooms.