Established in 1940, the Port of Umatilla has a mandate to diversify the regional economy and expand trade for the State of Oregon. One of 23 public ports in Oregon, the Port of Umatilla works with private development corporations and other entities to facilitate economic growth.
The Port of Umatilla district covers an area of almost 8.3 thousand square kilometers (3200 square miles) and contains 12 municipalities. Handling cargoes of grain, petroleum, project cargo, and containers, the Port of Umatilla is served by two interstate highways, a railroad yard, and a modern full-service maritime facility. The Port of Umatilla owns four parcels of industrial land in Pendleton, Hermiston, and Umatilla that it sells or leases to businesses. The Port of Umatilla also has a public marina, a park for recreational vehicles, and a boat launch.
There are three terminals in the Port of Umatilla for containers and bulk cargoes. It has a full-service on-barge container operation, a grain-loading facility, and a distribution complex for petroleum. All of the Port of Umatilla's facilities have multi-modal service that includes road, rail, and river.
Aside from the facilities in Portland, the Port of Umatilla's container-on-barge dock is the outstanding dock on the Columbia-Snake River. Access to the Port of Umatilla by barge is provided by Shaver Transportation, Foss Maritime, and Tidewater. At the dock face, the Port of Umatilla has a minimum depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet). The dock face is 100.6 meters (300 feet), and there are 121.9-meter (400-foot) dolphins at each end. The dock features 100 plugs for refrigerated containers and the newest and largest crane of the Columbia-Snake River ports.
The Port of Umatilla has a 52-ton gantry crane with spreader and hook load beam, two top-pick container handlers, three super chassis, one yard tractor, and other equipment that can load double-stack trains. There are also 25- to 360-ton mobile cranes available near the Port of Umatilla.
The Port of Umatilla's biggest industrial park, and the site most appropriate for large industrial tenants, is the McNary Industrial Park adjacent to the barge dock. There are about 57 hectares available for development in the park. The city provides water and sewer services, and natural gas service is available. Interstate Highway 82 and Highway 730 are adjacent to the park, and part of the park has rail service. Occupants of the Port of Umatilla's McNary Industrial Park include Boise Cascade, Hagerman Trucking, Tidewater, Pendleton Grain Growers, and the Two Rivers Correctional Institution.
Located near Interstate Highway 84, the Port of Umatilla's Pendleton Industrial Park has nine acres available for development. The City of Pendleton provides services, and a rail spur serves an area in the Park. The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport is just 3.2 kilometers (two miles) from the Port of Umatilla's Pendleton Industrial Park. Current occupants of the park include Keystone R/V's, Continental Mills, and Lippert Components.
About 6.4 kilometers (four miles) southwest of Hermiston, the Port of Umatilla's Westland Industrial Park has four acres available for development. The park is located at the intersection of Interstates 82 and 84. Services are provided by private wells and septic systems. The Westland Industrial Park in the Port of Umatilla is well-suited for trucking and warehousing. Tenants at this Port of Umatilla industrial park include United Parcel Service, Big Basin Packing, and Hammel Transport Service.
Immediately south of Hermiston on Highway 395, the Port of Umatilla's Hermiston Industrial Park has eight acres available for development. Forty additional acres will be added to the park in the future. Services are provided by the City of Hermiston. Best suited for small light industry and commercial businesses, the Port of Umatilla's Hermiston Industrial Park is home to several small commercial businesses and Hermiston Foods. There is also a 9.3-hectare Wal-Mart Distribution Center next door to the park.
The Port of Umatilla Container Yard and Shipping Facility is operated by CRIS Incorporated. The Container Barge Terminal container yard is designated to serve ocean carriers. This Port of Umatilla facility has capacity to store 600 containers, and it has space with continuous temperature monitoring for 144 refrigerator containers. The Port of Umatilla Container Barge Terminal also offers container maintenance and repair services and custom loading/unloading of non-container cargoes. The Container Barge Terminal in the Port of Umatilla is equipped with one 45-ton gantry crane and two 35-ton lift truck/container handlers.
The Port of Umatilla Commercial Dock is operated by CRIS Inc. to ship and receive containerized general cargo and heavy-lift items. At the rear of the dock is an open storage area with capacity for 200 containers, and there are 80 positions for refrigerated containers. The Port of Umatilla Commercial Dock has berthing distance of 243.8 meters (800 feet) with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet) NPE.
Barges serving this Port of Umatilla facility have on-board power systems and capacity for 12.2-by-24.4- meter loaded reefer containers. Barges can travel to the Port of Portland within one day, and there are weekly routes between the Port of Umatilla and the Port of Portland. Bernart Barge Lines provides barge services for this Port of Umatilla terminal. Transportation of containerized cargo is facilitated by regional trucking companies that provide container drayage services.
Pendleton Grain Growers Inc. owns and operates the McNary Elevator Dock in the Port of Umatilla to ship grain. A 10-car surface rail track connects the dock to the Union Pacific Railroad. At the rear of this Port of Umatilla dock is a grain elevator with capacity for three million bushels of grain. The McNary Elevator Dock in the Port of Umatilla has berthing distance of 152.4 meters (500 feet) with alongside depth of 5.8 meters (19 feet).
Tidewater Terminal Company (a subsidiary of Tidewater Barge Lines) owns and operates the Port of Umatilla Dock to ship and receive petroleum products and liquid fertilizer and to fuel vessels. Two pipelines connect the wharf to 14 storage tanks with total capacity for 140 thousand barrels of petroleum products and to one tank owned by the Union Pacific Railroad with capacity for 42 thousand barrels. A third pipeline extends to five storage tanks with total capacity for about 95 thousand US barrels of liquid fertilizer. The pier also has a fueling pipeline. The Port of Umatilla Dock has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depth of 5.8 meters (19 feet).
The Port of Umatilla Marina and RV Park is the area's main attraction, and it offers recreation opportunities throughout the year that include river cruising, fishing, hunting, and water skiing. The Port of Umatilla Marina and RV Park has berthing for 97 boats from 7.3 to 18.3 meters (20 to 40 feet). Berths are available on either a monthly or annual basis, and there are moorings available for transient boaters. There are also 50 dry storage spots available for boat trailers or trailers. An on-water fuel dock with a sewage-pump station supplies gas and diesel in the marina. Annual moorage rates range from $1980 for vessels up to 15.2 meters (50 feet) to $1100 for vessels to 8.2 meters (27 feet).