The Port of Bellingham Commission is the port authority responsible for managing the port. The Port of Bellingham is charged with serving the economic development and transportation needs of the region and playing a leadership role in maintaining Whatcom County's economic health by developing facilities, services, and programs to support the Port of Bellingham.
The Port of Bellingham is about half-way between the Ports of Seattle to the south and Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, to the north. The countywide Port of Bellingham includes marinas, terminals, public parks, trails, real estate developments, and environmental and economic development services to the community.
The Port of Bellingham Shipping Terminal specializes in handling bulk and breakbulk cargoes. The channel depth at the terminal is 9.75 meters, and the average tidal range is 2.5 meters. The terminal offers a total 414.5 meters of berthing space. Two outer berths have alongside depth of 9.4 meters, and the inner barge berth is 167.6 meters long with alongside depth of 7.9 meters. The Shipping Terminal includes almost eight thousand square meters of covered storage, about four hectares of open storage, and almost seven hectares of fenced paved and patrolled back-up space.
The Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal is located within the Historic Fairhaven District. The terminal contains a 121.9-meter berth, a passenger-loading ramp, a car ramp, and ample larking. It also features a dock for local whale-watching and sailing cruises. Completed in 1989, the Cruise Terminal serves the southern end of the Alaska Marine Highway System, the United States' first marine Scenic Highway. Over 200 thousand passengers pass through the terminal each year, and the seasonal ferries and charter boats using the terminal offer passage to Victoria, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islands. In addition to a fantastic waterfront view, the terminal has a restaurant, gift shop, meeting facilities, and office space.
The Port of Bellingham contains two marinas that are near downtown, local parks, and boating services, and it is building a new state-of-the-art marine downtown. Squalicum Harbor serves commercial and pleasure boaters with a full range of services and facilities. The two moorage basins are equipped with restroom, shower, and laundry facilities, and shuttle services provide transportation from the marina. Marina merchants offer marine repairs, fishing net, and electronics.
The Port of Bellingham's Blaine Harbor offers almost 600 modern boating slips for pleasure and commercial boats and more than 700 feet of moorage for visitors. Beautifully appointed with lampposts, flowers, and landscaping, the marina includes waterfront trails to historic Blaine and the Semiahmoo Resort.