The Pasco Port Authority is governed a the three-member Port Commission that sets policy for Port of Pasco properties that include the river port, the airport, Osprey Pointe, and industrial properties in the city.
The Port of Pasco Container Terminal is a multi-modal facility with easy access to barges services to Portland, the highway system, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway's mainline service between Tacoma and Seattle. The Port of Pasco Container Terminal covers an area of 15 acres that has storage capacity for more than one thousand containers (including 24 plugs from refrigerated containers), and there is another 100 acres of space available adjacent to the terminal site.
The Port of Pasco owns, and Continental Grain Company operates the Marine Terminal Wharf to handle grain shipments. The Port of Pasco's Marine Terminal Wharf has berthing distance of 295.7 meters (970 feet) with alongside depths of 4.9 and 6.1 meters (16 and 20 feet). The grain elevator at the rear of this Port of Pasco wharf has capacity for 450 thousand bushels, and a 297.3-square-meter (3200-square-foot) storage building is used as a transit shed. One platform-level rail track serves the Port of Pasco transit shed, and a 25-car capacity surface track serves the undertrack pit and loading spout at the grain elevator. Both tracks connect with the BNSF railroad.
The Port of Pasco owns, and Tidewater Terminal Company operates Barge Slip No. 1, the Container Terminal Wharf used to ship and receive containerized and refrigerated general cargo and heavy-lift cargoes. This Port of Pasco Wharf has two berths with alongside depth of 6.1 meters (20 feet), one with berthing distance of 67.1 meters (220 feet) and the other with berthing distance of 189 meters (620 feet). The open storage area at the rear of this Port of Pasco wharf can support 500 containers, including 12 refrigerated containers. The industrial park at the rear of this Port of Pasco wharf offers over 18 hectares of warehouse storage. One surface rail track runs along the wharf and connects with the NBSF Railway.
Tidewater Terminal Company owns and operates the Port of Pasco Terminal Petroleum Dock to ship and receive petroleum products. The Petroleum Dock in the Port of Pasco has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet). Four pipelines connect the wharf to 29 steel storage tanks at the rear of the terminal with total capacity for 379.2 thousand barrels. Two surface rail tracks connect the Port of Pasco Terminal at the rear with the BNSF Railway.
Tidewater Terminal Company owns and operates the Port of Pasco Terminal Fertilizer Dock to receive and occasionally ship liquid fertilizer. The Port of Pasco Fertilizer Dock has berthing distance of 73.2 meters (240 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet). A pipeline connects the wharf to three steel storage tanks with total capacity for more than almost 79 thousand US barrels. Two surface rail tracks connect the Port of Pasco Terminal with the BNSF Railway.
Tidewater Terminal Company, a subsidiary of Tidewater Barge Line, owns and operates the Port of Pasco Terminal Mooring Docks to moor barges and vessels and handle supplies. The docks have berthing distance of 204.2 meters (670 feet) with alongside depth of 2.4 meters (eight feet). These Port of Pasco docks have two six-inch pipelines, and two surface tracks serve the terminal at the rear of the wharf and connect with the BNSF Railway.
The Port of Pasco Marine Terminal is a 28-acre riverfront site at the Ed Hendler Cable Bridge. Fronting the Columbia River, the terminal is undergoing environmental clean-up today, and redevelopment efforts are planned for 2015. Future Port of Pasco developments may include commercial, office, and light industrial uses.
Osprey Pointe is located in the Big Pasco Industrial Center in the Port of Pasco. This Port of Pasco 110-acre site has riverfront views and contains more than nine hectares of space for offices, warehousing, manufacturing, and mixed uses that include light manufacturing, product assembly, high-technology operations, professional services, research and development, and commercial activities.
The Port of Pasco's 101-hectare Pasco Processing Center is located on US Highway 395 houses food processors with a city-owned wastewater treatment plant and utility services. The center's central location affords easy access to barge, rail, highway, and air transportation. Located in the northwest corner of this Port of Pasco center is the Foster Wells Business Park, a 25-hectare tract devoted to manufacturing, warehousing, packaging, and distribution companies. The park has in-place utilities and offers a convenient transportation infrastructure that includes a Port of Pasco rail spur.
Located at the Port of Pasco, the 243-hectare Big Pasco Industrial Center on the Columbia River supports manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fruit and vegetable packing plants. The Center has more than 18 hectares of buildings and developable space in the Port of Pasco. The warehouses in this Port of Pasco center are large heavy-frame buildings with solid concrete floors that can support forklifts and palletized loads to 8000 pounds per square foot. Covered docks along the side of each warehouse serve both truck and rail shipment. The center is located adjacent to the Port of Pasco Multimodal Rail/Barge Terminal and has quick access to the BNSF railway, the highway networks, and the Tri-Cities Airport that is just six kilometer (3.7 miles) northwest of the Port of Pasco.
Both regional and national airlines fly into the Port of Pasco's Tri-Cities Airport, which is the third busiest air carrier airport in Washington State. The airport also serves corporate, general aviation, and freight air traffic. Over 450 thousand passengers use the airport each year. The 28-hectare Tri-Cities Airport East Side Industrial Park, located immediately east of the airport, has more than 4.6 hectares of building space used by small businesses and local government support shops. The Tri-Cities Airport Business Center is a 35-hectare facility for high-end commercial businesses.
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