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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Merchants Exchange was born out of Boss Shenck’s Saloon in 1879, a local gathering place on the Portland Waterfront where news of ship arrivals were posted by patrons and trade information was presented. Here we are, 140 years later, and our core function has remained the same: tracking the movement of the vessels that transit our waterways and reporting that information to those who are responsible for the movement of a ship from port to port. We are very thankful for our members and we have enjoyed celebrating 140 years of service to the Columbia River maritime community on several occasions throughout the year. Thank you for your ongoing support! Liz Wainwright, Executive Director Merchants Exchange

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR The Exchange shares the work being done by staff and the direction we are going, as well as reports from industry stakeholders that we hope our membership will enjoy! In this issue, we focus on what it means to have served the Lower Columbia Region for 140 years. Members: If you have an article or an announcement that you would like to be included in future issues of The Exchange, please contact us: Bekah Canfield, Editor Merchants Exchange

TABLE OF CONTENTS Board of Directors




Merchants Exchange History


Columbia River Maritime History


140th Anniversary Gala


Highlights from the 140th Anniversary Gala


140th Anniversary Raffle & Auction


Thank You Sponsors


Merchants Exchange Scholarship Fund


Clark County Historical Society & Museum


By the Numbers


The Port Report


Association Updates


Clean Rivers Cooperative


Maritime Fire and Safety Association 


Fire Protection Agencies Advisory Council (FPAAC) 21 Maritime Commerce Club


Shipping Education Series


Friends of the Exchange


Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee


Interstate Bridge Trunnion 


Cover Image provided by Merchants Exchange Š 2019 by Merchants Exchange All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced without prior written permission from the Merchants Exchange.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS Todd Krout (2020) President Port of Vancouver USA

Matt Huffman (2021) TEMCO

Carl Bertapelle (2020) Vice President Talon Marine Services

Chris Cummins (2021) General Steamship Corp

David Nagel (2022) Treasurer Cascade Marine Agencies LTD Roger Hsieh (2021) Secretary BNSF Railway Company Mike Morgan (2020) Columbia Export Terminal

Geoff Doerfler (2021) Tidewater Barge Lines Ryan Statz (2022) Columbia Grain, Inc. Jon Waldum (2021) Ports America

Jerry Henderson (Ex Officio) Board President, Clean Rivers Cooperative Chevron Marketing Terminal Andrew Holbrook (Ex Officio) Board President, Maritime Fire & Safety Association Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Capt. Steve Dobbins (Ex Officio) Columbia River Pilots Legal Counsel: Tyson Calvert, Esq. Lindsay Hart LLP

MEMBERSHIP Our membership makes up the core of the local marine shipping community. Our members include, but are not limited to: steamship operators, admiralty attorneys, customs brokers, tug and barge companies, freight forwarders, stevedores, ship repair service facilities and port authorities. The Exchange is a provider of vessel and cargo information. It serves as a hub for local industry

education as well as association management and networking activities. Our members enjoy a direct relationship with the Merchants Exchange and its services. Each member company is able to vote for Merchants Exchange board of director nominees and is eligible for board membership. All of our services and activities are member focused.

services that are currently offered include: • Vessel Reporting • Communication Support Service • Vessel and Cargo Statistics • Daily Grain Bulletin • Grain Committee Membership • Answering Service • Special Reports and Services

Vessel and cargo information

The Merchants Exchange caters its services to the ever-changing needs of local industry. We are constantly working to develop new ways to help our members do business. If the service you need is not listed, ask us and we can work to develop it for you. For more information about membership, visit our website at: THE EXCHANGE | WWW.PDXMEX.COM


MERCHANTS EXCHANGE HISTORY Lloyds of London was born in a coffee house... Merchants Exchange was born in a saloon. That statement alone says a lot about our pioneering and rugged spirit of the Pacific Northwest. During the 1870s, Boss Shenck’s Saloon, on the Portland waterfront, was an early gathering place for the maritime trade. Patrons of the saloon posted news about the ships as they arrived. By 1879, a few industrious men formed what is now the Merchants Exchange with a emphasis on maritime trade for the Columbia River Basin and Willamette Valley. Much of its work was devoted to compiling and distributing shipping information. In the early days as is today, we celebrate the successes of our community together. In 1914, the association established the region’s first official market for trading wheat. Later, in 1929, the Portland Grain Exchange became official. As stated Wednesday, June 19th, 1929, from the Oregon Journal –

“The Portland Grain Exchange, the futures trading market was finally opened. Years of dreaming of such a trading center for Portland was at an end. The new institution is the in the Merchants Exchange building at No. 68 Fourth Street. Several hundred citizens of Portland and the Northwest assembled at dinner in the Multnomah Hotel to bid success to the newly opened Exchange.”

Merchants Exchange grew over the years and with it so did the services provided to their members and the maritime community. Technology had a way of advancing the Exchange’s services even in the early years from radio to telephone to our current 24/7 system. - In 1923, the system of ship reporting was modernized with a radio station at Terminal 4. - In 1939, a reporting station equipped with telephone lines was erected at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. - By 1946, the reporting station had been moved to the old Kelley Point Lighthouse. - In 1956, a house was built on Sauvie Island with more sophisticated tracking with radio and visual contact with ships. Fred Clark, Chief Statistician, 1938 4


Richard Copeland, was employed by Merchants Exchange in 1962 and served as Executive Director of the Exchange from 1967 to 1996. When he retired in 1996, as Executive Director, he had worked at the Exchange for 34 years! Under his direction, the Exchange grew from 8 am to 5 pm ship reporting, to a 24/7 ship reporting service and provided association management and administrative services for maritime organizations including the Propeller Club and Portland Shipping Club. He worked on the development and implementation of Clean Rivers Cooperative to respond to oil spills and was instrumental in creating the Maritime Fire and Safety Association to respond to vessel fires. Richard developed and expanded the services of the Merchants Exchange, enjoying every minute of it. Richard Copeland passed away recently, July 21, 2019. In 1974, with the move to the 200 Market Building, Merchants Exchange continued to provide the 24-hour tracking services. Merchants Exchange coordinates with regional governing agencies for documentation and fee collections including Federal, States of Oregon and Washington and regional Ports. The “Customs of the Port” for the Columbia River District is published outliging normal and customary trade practices for vessels loading bulk grains and other commodities. Liz Wainwright, has been serving as the Executive Director of the Exchange from 1996 to current. Though the 1980’s Liz worked for Lasco Shipping Co, a part of The Schnitzer Group. Lasco operated a 20-vessel fleet of bulk carriers. She started as an administrator and worked her way up the ranks. In the 1990’s, she brought her knowledge of the maritime industry to the Merchants Exchange. As a member of the Women’s Shipping Club, she and her colleagues established a Scholarship Fund. After the Club disbanded, the scholarship fund was assumed by Merchants Exchange. We are honored to carry on this legacy and continue to provide educational opportunities to all our members. Liz has been instrumental in apply standardized business practice to the association stressing the importance of continual growth and continuous improvements to respond to our members needs. With her leadership, we continue to grow.



COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME HISTORY Provided by the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Oregon Historical Society Published the Summer of 1985 issue of the Quarterdeck newsletter

Captain Minnie Hill

Charles O. Hill, a native of New York , commenced a marine career in the Pacific Northwest aboard the stern wheeler Governor Newell in 1883. His attractive young wife Minnie, accomplished him and obviously took a keen interest in her surroundings for at the age of twenty-three, this remarkable woman attained a notable distinction. According to E. W. Wright editor of Lewis & Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest: “The first mater’s and pilot’s license ever issued to a woman on the Pacific Coast was granted to Mrs. Minnie Hill in 1886. The young lady had been previously engage with her husband on steamers for several years and was thoroughly conversant with the business... Captain Minnie Hill, who enjoys the distinction of being the only steamboat captain of the sex west of the Mississippi River was born in Albany, Oregon in 1863. She commenced steam boating with her husband . . . on the Columbia River steamer Governor Newell. The young lady mastered the detail of steam boating with but little trouble and in due season received a regular license permitting her to take full care of a steam. She has been remarkably successful in her calling and has handled the Governor Newel for the past eight years, her husband running most of the time as engineer.” Wright’s remarks, published in 1895, constitute a positively glowing tribute to Captain Minnie Hills’ abilities, when one stops to remember what a sternly disapprove eye society still generally cast, a the time, upon women who dared to invade traditionally male pursuits. The Governor Newell, an otherwise plain and undistinguished stern-wheeler, 111 1/2 feel long, built at Portland in 1883 for the Shoalwater Bay Transportation Company (Shoalwater Bay was the original name of Willapa Bay, Washington). Her first captain was James P. Whitcomb. The Governor Newell returned to the Columbia River in 1885 and was operated briefly by Charles Haskell, who sold her to J.C. Trullinger in 1887 for the Astoria-Westport run. Minnie’s husband, Charles, bought the Governor Newell in 1889 and thence forward Minnie commanded her, while Charles attended to the engines. The boat was ultimately dismantled in 1900. A considerable number of women accompanied their husbands aboard the river boats and tugs, many of them taking a hand informally in the running of the vessels. But Captain Minnie Hill retained her unique position as the only women on the Pacific Coast licensed to command a steamer until 1907, when a second class master’s and pilot’s license was granted to Gertrude Wiman, wife of Captain Chance Wiman of the Puget Sound steamboat Vashon. In 1915 an Oregonian article state that there were then two licensed female captains on the Puget Sound and that Minnie Hill had, at that date been retired for a few years. She held a further distinction in having the little 43 1/2 foot, propeller steamer Minnie Hill name for her. That vessel was built in Monticello, Washington in 1884. 6



Fund-raising efforts garnered $14,000* for the Merchants Exchange Scholarship Fund. In celebration of the 140th Anniversary of the Merchants Exchange, we gathered together for an elegant and festive Gala & Auction. It was a beautiful clear autumn evening for attending this lovely event. We had just over one hundred guests for a cocktail reception with silent auction and gourmet dinner that was followed by a live auction. Our featured items included: - Inflatable Paddle Board, Paddle, Car Carrier with an overnight stay in Hood River and a gift card to Full Sail Brewery. - Courtside Blazer Basketball tickets, Basketball autographed by the Blazer team, and $100 giftcard to the Spirit of 77 Sports Bar. - Seattle Mariners Tickets, Pop Culture Museum Tickets and overnight stay at the Washington Athletic Club (WAC) in Seattle. - Mt Hood Cabin retreat with $100 wine voucher and basket of games. - Ultimate Wellness package with sessions for yoga, pilates, fitness and floating. The silent auction had nearly 30 items and packages for bidder to win. We raised $11,000 +/- in funds to support the Merchants Exchange Scholarship Fund from the auctions and paddle raise. Additionally, the Raffle Ticket for a trip for two to Las Vegas was drawn with the winner being Spence Byrum. The raffle ticket sales added $3,000 to the Scholarship Fund.

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Thank you to all our generous donors for our live and & silent auction! Academy Theatre Adrift Hotels Arcane Cellars barre3 Bendistillery Best Western Inn, Hood River Bledsoe Family Winery Bob’s Red Mill Cascade Street Distillery Clean Rivers Cooperative Columbia River Maritime Museum Comedy Sportz Evo Outdoor Retailer Float On Fort George Brewery Foss Maritime Full Sail Brewery Garnish Apparel 10

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The mission of the Merchants Exchange Scholarship Fund is to support the educational goals of students seeking or advancing careers in maritime affairs or international trade, in order to ensure the future prosperity of the maritime industry. From 2003 to 2018, the Merchants Exchange Scholarship has benefitted:

40+ Students | $60,000+ Funded | 5 Students Funded Yearly* | $2,000 Student Grants* * Up to 5 students, Up to $2,000

Addison Lash, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Andrew Murray, University of Washington Andrew Potter, California Maritime Academy Andy Smith, Portland State University Benjamin Christian, U.S. Merchants Marine Academy Billie Sturgell, California Maritime Academy Bret Brian, California Maritime Academy Christopher Keller, California Maritime Academy Colton Carey, California Maritime Academy Daniel Huan, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Daniel Pessa, Texas A&M University Drake Pooley, University of Virginia Gregory Worstell, California Maritime Academy Janne Ault, Portland State University Jeffery Lencioni, Texas A&M University John Flanagan, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Kian Patrick, California Maritime Academy Larry Johnson, California Maritime Academy Lauren Pershouse, University of South Carolina Marisa Chilafoe, George Fox University Mengyao Luan, Portland State University Michael Panettieri, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Michael Santangelo, University of Alaska Mollie McQuinston, California Maritime Academy Natalie Loconsay, California Maritime Academy Nicholas Preston, California Maritime Academy Peter Lowry, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Riley McQuiston, U.S. Merchants Marine Academy Riley Silberman, California Maritime Academy Ryan Reichert, Portland State University Ryan Torres, U.S. Merchants Marine Academy Samarth Bordia, University of California Samuel Ney, U.S. Merchants Marine Academy Scott Olson, University of Oregon Tina Sturgeon, Portland State University Tosca Bonardi, California Maritime Academy Trevor Webb, State University of New York Tyler Pearson, California Maritime Academy Walther Sergojan, U.S. Merchants Marine Academy Xintong Wang, Portland State University Yulay Khazhimuratov, Southern Methodist University Yuliya Gula, Portland State University Zhanar Ospanova, Portland State University Zimei M. Xu, Portland State University

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Benefits the future of the maritime industry Andrew Potter After graduating from California Maritime Academy in 2016, I sailed for Chevron for 2 years. After obtaining my unlimited second mates license, I took the crossover 1600 ton master license. I obtained my master of towing endorsement. I just started working at Shaver Transportation as a deckhand 6 months ago. I’m very thankful to have been a recipient of the Merchants Exchange Scholarship and for all the support I’ve received over the years in my maritime career thus far. John Flanagan

Receiving this scholarship from the Merchants Exchange impacted me greatly. I have been funding my education and the expense is great, being an out-of-state student. My choice for a career as a Marine Engineer is well worth the cost and Massachusetts Maritime Academy was definitely the best choice for me. With generous groups like the Merchants Exchange, this semester I did not have to take any student loans. It has also given me great pride in myself to be awarded scholarships from such prestigious organizations. By March of 2020, I should have my degree and USCG License and be ready to face the challenges of a rewarding maritime career. I look forward to my pursuits and can’t wait to give all that has been given to Andy Smith me back to our community. Thank you gain for this amazing opportunity. I received the scholarship when I was interning at the Port of Portland and while finishing my bachelors degree in Supply & Logistics Management at Portland State University. It was actually through the Port that I found out about the Merchants Exchange Scholarship. It helped me pay for school costs at a time when bills and book expenses were adding up. I’m currently a Buyer for Railcar and Marine parts at GreenbrierGunderson. As a Buyer, I purchase large outsourced materials for the barge manufacturing that takes place here in NW Portland. Nick Preston I have worked at Sause Bros. Coos Bay office since 2005 in a variety of roles and am currently the Port Captain NW. I graduated from California Maritime Academy in 2016 with a master’s in transportation and engineering management. Balancing schoolwork, a career, and raising a family involved alot of work and time. The support that I received from my family, Sause Bros. and the Merchants Exchange helped ease the stress and keep me motivated as I went through the program. It is fantastic that the Merchants Exchange continues to support the maritime industry by investing into those that will help make up its future.


Kian Patrick I am in my senior year as a cadet at Cal Maritime getting ready to take my USCG Mate’s exams. Receiving the scholarship has allowed me to concentrate on my studies and focus on pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. I am exceedingly grateful to Merchants Exchange and their kindhearted generosity!


CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM Partial glimpse of their current exhibit. Go to the museum to see the entire exhibit. 1511 Main St Vancouver, WA 98660 “Currents of Progress” is a family-friendly and educational exploration of Clark County’s rivers, roads, and ports. By using interpretative panels, historical objects, interactive stations, and county-wide partnerships, visitors will discover and engage with the narrative and living history of these important systems in Clark County and Southwest Washington. Learn more at the Clark County website:

Currents of Progress: Clark County Rivers, Roads, and Ports


Imagine standing on the banks of the Columbia. To your back, a mighty cottonwood stands witness; as you look across the water to a site that will one day be filled with hotels and apartments, you see only grass and sand; to your left, Wy'east fills the horizon; westward, the setting sun reflects on the currents flowing to the Pacific Ocean. Soon, this view will transform into a bustling network of watercraft and landings that will change this river in unforeseen ways. The story of this network in Clark County and Southwest Washington started long ago. Today, many in our community continue to utilize routes established by the People of the First Nations. To examine yesterday and today, this exhibit explores the following: Native American Nations and their commerce patterns, Hudson’s Bay Company, early transportation, the establishment of the ports of Vancouver, Camas-Washougal, and Ridgefield, the businesses that depend on the river, the impact of World War I and World War II, and the state of our ports, rivers, and roads today.


Vancouver’s Witness Tree: Surveyors near and far have used witness trees to document land claims and boundaries. Local written records of Vancouver's Witness Tree first appeared in the 1840s. Located just east of today’s Interstate Bridge, the steadfast tree became one of Clark County's most recognizable and beloved landmarks until the river claimed it in 1911.

Early Days on the River

In the early days of Clark County, the scarcity of bridges and ground transp meant that landings, ferries, and early steamships were necessary to transp and people back and forth and up and down the Columbia and Lewis river steamboat era began in 1836 when the steamer Beaver reached the Colum could be said to end with the opening of the interstate bridge in 1917. Riv played a major role in the development of the cities of Camas, La Center, Ridgefield (Union Ridge), Washougal, Woodland, and Vancouver. Local residents often built the crafts, invested in them, captained them, and stocked them with all manner of cargo destined to various regional hubs. The exterior of the Alta House, which was owned by Esther Short and located on the Columbia River in Vancouver

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In 1851, the Fisher family — among Parkersville them Solomon, Adam, Job, Rachel, and In 1845, David C. Parker planted himself Ann Jemima, wife of William Simmons — came west and laid claim to donation and his family on the site that would lands along the Columbia. Solomon become Parkersville. On the Columbia River, a stone's throw from what eventually built a landing and established a post office just east of Fort Vancouver on would be the City of Washougal, Parker what is now Mill Plain Boulevard, located a ferry service and landing. Roads calling his nascent town “Fishers.” The in the area were poor, making the landing landing was a mainstay of the thriving imperative in developing the area that Columbia River traffic until the coming of the railroad and the automobile. would become East Clark County. In 2019, 3.88 acres of the original site of Parkersville Landing was placed on the Clark County Heritage Register. Pictured here are Rosalee Macrae, Ginny Frosh, Martha Martin, (Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee), and David Ripp (Port of Camas-Washougal Director). In its heyday, Parkersville Landing served as a trading center for produce, cattle, and other goods. Rafts, canoes, ferries, and steamboats made use of the dock at Parker’s Ferry (later to become Parker’s Landing)



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In the mid-19th century, many arriving in the Oregon Territory recognized the need to provide river transportation for commercial growth. John Switzler, a German immigrant, began a ferry service in 1846 between Fort Vancouver and the south bank of the Columbia, contracting to carry passengers, military freight, and livestock. The Switzler family served the area through ferrying and surveying for many years. John Switlzer passed his business to his sons, William, Joseph, and Jehu, the latter being a surveyor responsible for mapping much of the area. Image courtesy of the National Parks Service


Ridgefield Mercantile Company’s early success depended on the river



In 1853, Frederick and Catherine Shobert and their children staked a land claim near Lake River in what is now Ridgefield. Shobert used the river and new landing as a distribution site for his hunting, fishing, and timber enterprises. Eventually, a town grew at this site and was officially named Union Ridge. In 1909, the town’s name changed to Ridgefield.

Steamboating began on the East Fork of the Lewis River in 1854 and continued for 60 years. Aware of the area’s potential for development, new arrival John H. Timmen and his wife, Hannah, established a general store in 1874 and a boat landing in 1879 at what would later become the township of La Center.

As the town of Ridgefield grew from ferry landing to township, one of the Shobert sons, Stephen, opened a general store in 1882. The Shobert home also provided lodging and home-cooked meals for traders and trappers waiting for riverboats. In addition to donating land for the first church, members of the Shobert family served their community in many ways as mercantile owner, officer of the law, musician, and more. They were one of the many families instrumental in the development of Ridgefield.


At Timmen’s Landing, steamer deliveries cchm03041 included everything from logs from nearby forests to mercantile goods to passengers and U.S. mail. Roads into the area were all but impassable even in summer, but, owing largely to the safety and availability of Timmen’s Landing, the small community flourished. Although there was never a port here, people today can visit Sternwheeler Park to honor the many contributions this landing made to the commerce and growth of the region.


Early on, Steamboat Landing was identified as a reliable site for transit along the Columbia to the mouth of the Washougal River. In 1880, Richard Ough sold 20 acres to Joseph Durgan and Capt. Lewis Love, who platted out the town of Washougal and built a deep-water dock.


Port Delivers Record Revenues to Local/ Regional Economy LONGVIEW, Wash. – In the past six years local businesses have seen a dramatic surge in revenues due to cargo operations at the Port. Using data from an economic impact study conducted last year, the Port found it had generated a record $679 million in direct business revenue and re-spending within our community--an increase of 53% since 2012. To put it simply, this means that people with jobs tied to the Port are buying lots of things and, more importantly, they are buying them locally.

The economic study also revealed the Port’s influence stretches far beyond the county line. Last year, our total value to the region was measured at $2.8 billion, underscoring the importance of the Port to the financial wellbeing of our community. This is the combined total of direct business revenue, the re-spending of that same money in the community (also known as local consumption) and the related financial benefits to the State created by the movement of cargo.

Cargo volumes at the Port have grown considerably in the past several years, creating a wealth of new jobs. In fact, $94.3 million in direct personal income was tied to activity at the Port last year, forming a positive economic ripple as that same income is then spent again and again in our community in the form of groceries, dinners out, school supplies, haircuts and recreation.

For nearly 100 years the Port of Longview has drawn customers from around the globe, bringing new employment opportunities and enhancing our quality of life. We’re proud to be part of the local landscape and a source of support that anchors thousands of families, businesses and schools throughout Cowlitz County. We’re proud to be your Port.



BY THE NUMBERS The Exchange tracks, records and reports on vessels that enters the Columbia River waterways. We can provide your organization with statistics that are relevant to your needs. This issue looks at Grain exports by vessel compared to previous years

Soybean Exports 2017 & 2018 (By Vessel) Vietnam 7% Taiwan 10%

Taiwan 2%


South Korea/Korea 4%

Philippines 5%

South Korea/Korea 2%




China 50%


Japan China 91%


Bangladesh 6%

Above Chart: Shows Grain (Wheat & Soybean) Loaded comparisons by year for the month of October. 2019 was the third lowest since 2000. Side Chart: Shows Soybean exports (by vessel) by country. In 2017, 91% of soybeans exported were going to China. In 2018, 50% of exports of soybeans were going to China, and the other 50% of exports included countries not importing soybeans from the Columbia River in 2017.

For more information on custom reports and statistics please visit our website: or contact Jonathan Nichol: THE EXCHANGE | WWW.PDXMEX.COM


THE PORT REPORT The Columbia River Maritime Transportation System has 23 Ports over the course of 3 waterways. We are pleased to provide an outlet for local ports to share their news with our membership.


Will Isom Interim Executive Director Port of Astoria

Juliana Marler Chief Executive Officer Port of Vancouver USA

Curtis Robinhold Executive Director Port of Portland

Norman G. Krehbiel Chief Executive Officer Port of Longview

Mark Wilson Executive Director Port of Kalama

Doug Hayes Executive Director Port of Columbia County


ASSOCIATION UPDATES Clean Rivers Cooperative Maritime Fire and Safety Association & FPAAC Maritime Commerce Club Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee



Clean Rivers recently finished a recapitalization project to upgrade the capabilities of the Response Vessel Elizabeth Furse, formerly operated by US Army. This vessel is a unique 28’ shallow water utility boat. Clean Rivers has retrofitted the vessel to become a capable and flexible response asset. Upgrades include full electronic and navigation suite, workdeck, wheelhouse, modified towing bracket and weight reductions for mobility and ability to be easily deployed by trailer. The upgrades give the vessel the capabilities of many of Clean Rivers larger response vessels, such as enclosed heated wheelhouse, 200+ horsepower and radar. However, the vessel is more nimble and able to operate in a little as 2’ of water depth. The Elizabeth Furse can be seen on recent deployments as a booming/skimming platform at Frenchman’s Bar in Vancouver, WA and preparing to tow one of Clean Rivers 4,200 gallons barges in Cathlamet, WA

SWIFTWATER SPILL RESPONSE TECHNICIAN SCHOOL Clean Rivers, General Manager, Casey Comer attended Swiftwater Spill Response Technician school at Whitewater Rescue Institute in Missoula, MT August 19-22. This school focuses on learning to recognize and avoid fastwater hazards, how to safely respond in fastwater conditions and how to perform rescue in fastwater. The hands-on based training then moves to the deployment of equipment, booming strategies, recovery systems, onshore anchors, midstream attachment points, boom vanes, jet boat operations - all in the fastwater environment. Fastwater conditions are conditions where current is above 2 knots and traditional techniques become difficult or unsafe. These conditions are common with inland rivers spills, however they also may occur in many places along the Columbia River. These cutting edge skills allows Clean Rivers to continue to be the premier Professional Oil Spill Response Organization in the Columbia River region.

For more information, please visit our website: Casey Comer, General Manager: Carl Boelter, Operations Manager: Curtis Cannizzaro, Administrative Coordinator: THE EXCHANGE | WWW.PDXMEX.COM



EQUIPMENT DEPLOYMENT DRILL Maritime Fire & Safety Association (MFSA) conducted an equipment deployment drill on Thursday October 3rd to demonstrate its ability to respond to an oil spill from a covered vessel. The drill was held on the Columbia River near Cathlamet Washington. MFSA’s contractors, Clean Rivers Cooperative and NRCES, deployed a variety of equipment to demonstrate the ability to skim oil from the surface of the water in a midriver operation. Equipment that was deployed included two workboats, three vessels of opportunity, a shallow water recovery barge and the NOFI Current Buster – a specialized piece of equipment intended to skim in a high current environment (see pictures below). Over twenty trained responders worked together to safely perform these on-water and shore side activities. These drills are evaluated by both Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure that MFSA is meeting the requirements of each state’s regulations and following its approved Vessel Response Plan. For more information on the MFSA Plan, contact Holly Robinson at




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The Maritime Fire & Safety Association’s Fire Protection Agencies Advisory Council conducted their third quarter Technician Level Training on September 19th at the Port of Vancouver. In addition to critical components of Technician Level Training such as gathering incident information from onboard a vessel and relaying that information to the Incident Commander in a way that helps mitigate the incident safely and efficiently, a current focus for recent training has been focusing on learning more about the unique aspects of port facilities. To try and satisfy these needs, third quarter training focused on port facility familiarization during training activities at the Port of Vancouver (POV). In the morning, Mr. Todd Krout, the Director of Operations with POV gave a safety briefing and an overview of POV operations before 37 firefighters boarded a bus to tour the entire port facility. Mr. Krout was an excellent guide and his knowledge of the facilities made the tour interesting in addition to identifying critical hazards and locations throughout the port. We are grateful to the

Port of Vancouver hosting an impactful training event. The use of a tour bus was an efficient way to ensure that all participants, from 7 agencies, received the same message simultaneously. It was also a great unity building exercise as participants discussed challenges they saw with others from different fire agencies. In the afternoon we reassembled in the Port’s training room and practiced repetitions of reconnaissance operations (Recon) mostly dedicated to the POV. The scenarios went according to plan and the groups worked through the material collaboratively. During the classroom information gathering scenarios, the participants were divided into small groups of mixed agencies to distribute knowledge in a productive setting. The scenarios were a mix of emergencies starting with a dispatch and enroute information creating a sense of urgency. Some of the participants training alongside technicians had limited maritime knowledge and the use of terms related to the field caused some confusion e.g., forepeak, forecastle, bosun’s store. This provided an opportunity to reinforce the need to communicate effectively across a wide range of knowledge levels in the event of a shipboard fire emergency.

For more information, please visit our website: Holly Robinson, General Manager: Curtis Cannizzaro, Assistant Manager THE EXCHANGE | WWW.PDXMEX.COM



31st Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree


2019 Spree Donations $7000 $6500 $6000 $5500 $5000 $4500 $4000 $3500

Please join the Maritime Commerce Club in supporting the most rewarding event of our annual calendar: The Children’s Shopping Spree We are honored to offer this opportunity to our membership to serve 5070 children in need, living in local shelters this holiday season. Through your generous donation of time and financial support, these children and their families will have a brighter holiday. Sponsoring the Spree ensures that children in need will be able to give and receive gifts this year. Our sponsored children will be allocated up to $100 each to spend on gifts for their families, and for a surprise gift from Santa for the child! We are in desperate need of sponsorship this year. Your donation of any size will positively impact our goal of $7,000 - THANK YOU!

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$100 - $249

$250 - $499


Website Spree Invitations Event Poster LIVE at event For more info contact Aaron at



Be a Volunteer 31st Annual Children’s Christmas

Shopping Spree

december 7th Saturday,

• Shop with a child • Gift Wrap • Cart Manager • Checkout Line • Santa’s Helper • Bus Rider


Make a difference this holiday season...

The Maritime Commerce Club’s Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree provides children and their families, residing in shelters across the Portland Metropolitan area, the opportunity to experience holiday giving. Your generous donation of time or financial means will benefit approximately fifty children living in shelters this holiday season. Sponsoring the Spree ensures each child will be able to give and receive Christmas gifts this year. Our sponsored children will be allocated (up to) $75.00 each to spend on gifts for their families. In addition to family gifts, an additional $25.00 is allocated to the volunteer towards a purchase for a surprise gift for the child to open Christmas morning from Santa. Sadly, the Kmart on NE Sandy Blvd recently closed. before our event last year. THANKFULLY Kroger / Fred Meyer has generously agreed to host our 2019 Spree event for the second time! The SE Johnson Creek store will donate their location, refreshments, employee time and event-related supplies, but we still need your help! We need volunteers to shop with a child or wrap gifts, and special shopping cart attention will be needed as we navigate our new Spree home. We also invite all industry members as well as encourage our volunteers to donate - all funds are welcome! By donating $10 or $20, you will positively impact our goal of $7,000! ANY help you can provide this year will help children with limited means the opportunity to place a gift under the tree for a loved one. Please join us for the most rewarding MCC event of the year!

This event cannot happen without sponsors and volunteers - help ensure 2019’s success!


For more information on this event or other MCC events, please contact Aaron Garber-Paul at or (503) 220-2092 THE EXCHANGE | WWW.PDXMEX.COM


The 62nd Annual

Old Salt Award Nomination Request

The Maritime Commerce Club is calling for nominations for the 2020 Old Salt Award. A long-standing annual tradition, the Old Salt Award is presented to an individual, who through years of service and dedication has advanced the Willamette and/or Columbia River maritime industry. Nominees should be contributors to the maritime community and have made a significant effort to progress the industry outside of 2015 their regular job activities. For a nomination letter to be considered, it must be accompanied by a detailed biography of the individual that includes the nominee’s industry involvement.

Old Salt award OmiNatiON requeSt Submissions must N be received by Friday, January 31st, 2020 m



aritime OmmerCe lub Please email your nomination to OR in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to: Old Salt Committee Chairperson c/o Maritime Commerce Club 200 SW Market Street, Suite 190 Portland, OR 97201 The winner will be announced prior to the Maritime Commerce Club Winter Event on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Chart House Restaurant. Questions? Please contact Aaron Garber-Paul at or (503) 220-2092. 24







REGISTER ONLINE Cancellations must be received no later than Wednesday November 6, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Questions? For more information about MCC events, please contact Aaron Garber-Paul, Association Administrator at (503) 220-2092 or



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2019 - 2020 Calendar events




DoubleTree - Lloyd Center




7:30am - 10:30am

DEC Childrens’ Shopping Spree


DoubleTree - Lloyd Center

Autonomous Vessels

11:30am - 1pm


Breakfast Sentinel Hotel - Downtown Portland


7:30am - 12pm







DoubleTree - Lloyd Center


Topic TBD

Fred Meyer

Cyber Security & the Maritime Industry

8am - 11am


Winter Event


5:30pm - 8:30pm


Chart House

DoubleTree - Lloyd Center

11:30am - 1pm

11:30am - 1pm


Annual State of the Ports

Golf Tournament

& Annual Membership Meeting Stone Creek Golf Club, Oregon City

1:30pm - 7pm 26





SHIPPING 201 Movement of a Ship February 12, 2020

SHIPPING 202 Movement of Cargo April 15, 2020

SHIPPING 101 Business of Shipping October 2020

Strengthening the maritime industry through engagement and education. Shipping 101: The Business of Shipping We provide an overview of the business of shipping on the Columbia River. The class explores the history of the River, the infrastructure, ports and terminals, and the economic impact of the imports and exports to this region. Furthermore, we review the types of vessels that travel the River and introduce the maritime industry parties and their essential roles to shipping. Shipping 201: The Movement of a Ship We look at the business of shipping from the perspective of the ship, exploring the requirements and regulation of a ship and the important roles agents, pilots, regulatory agencies, insurance and laws play in enabling a ship to move from port to port. Shipping 202: The Movement of Cargo We look at the business of shipping from the perspective of the cargo. We detail the types of cargo, labor demands, and various forms of transportation from rail, barge, to pipeline as well as, present the needs of supply chain, logistics, and regulatory compliance as it effects the economy of the Columbia River.

FRIENDS THE EXCHANGE FRIENDS OF THEOFEXCHANGE The Merchants Exchange, founded in 1879, is proud to be a cornerstone of the maritime industry with 140 years of service to the Lower Columbia Region. We provide the information, statistics, and operational services that help keep commerce moving along our Rivers. We would like to invite our community partners along the River to join in our mission to support and promote the maritime industry with our “Friends of the Exchange” program.



As a Friend of the Exchange, you are showing your support to our maritime industry and raising awareness within our community. Friends of the Exchange are offered the following benefits with their annual support of $150: • Invitations to our Member/Networking Events: Open House, Annual Bocce Tournament, Shipping Education Series, and other special events throughout the year. • Discounted Member Rate for our Shipping Education Series * • Subscription to “The Exchange,” bi-monthly newsletter, Daily News Bulletin, and industry email updates • Recognition on our website as a “Friend of the Exchange” * Please note: Friends of the Exchange are not members of the Merchants Exchange and therefore are not eligible to receive member rates for any services or reports associated with membership, with the exception of the member rate to the Shipping Education Series. For more information contact: Mary Wiley, Marketing and Membership Manager at or call (503) 220-2515 or online at




Upcoming Meeting: November 13th


Join us on November 13th at 1415 hrs for our Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee meeting at Portland Spirit. Our speakers will provide an update on the “I-5 Trunnion Replacement” project and a panel with representatives from Advanced American Construction, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Coast Guard will be presenting on the Bonneville Dam Lock Replacement project that was completed in September 2019. Registration and meeting information can be found on our website. Note: Board of Directors meeting will be held immediately prior to the General Membership meeting.


Questions regarding the LCRHSC or how to get involved can be directed to 28






The northbound span of the Interstate Bridge will close from September 12–September 20, 2020 as crews replace mechanical parts that help lift and lower the bridge. Because this work takes place overhead, the northbound bridge must close to keep drivers safe and to provide access for construction crews and heavy equipment.

BRIDGE CLOSURE The Interstate Bridge is located on Interstate 5 where it connects Oregon and Washington across the Columbia River. During the closure period, travelers crossing the Interstate Bridge in both directions will share the three existing lanes and sidewalk on the southbound bridge. Movable concrete barriers will allow two lanes of traffic to travel in the heaviest direction.

AREA RAMP CLOSURES Four ramps will close in the project area for traffic control and to ensure a safe work zone. • Marine Drive on-ramp to I-5 north in Portland. • Hayden Island on-ramp to I-5 north in Portland. • I-5 north to SR 14 off-ramp in Vancouver. • SR 14/Washington Street on-ramp to I-5 south in Vancouver.







SB to SB to NB to Portland Portland Vancouver


Two southbound SB to SB to lanes NB to and one northbound lane. Portland Portland Vancouver





NB to SB to NB to Portland Vancouver Vancouver

NB to SB to NB to Portland Vancouver Vancouver


Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane.


Traffic impacts will occur in August and September of 2020. Lane closures on the Interstate Bridge and I-5 begin in late August 2020 and continue into late September 2020 in addition to the full 9-day closure of the northbound bridge. Closing the northbound bridge reduces the amount of traffic that can travel across the Interstate Bridge. Heavy traffic, congestion and long delays are expected on I-5, Interstate 84, Interstate 205, and local streets in north Portland and south Vancouver throughout construction.

TRAVEL STRATEGIES Everyone can help reduce congestion during the closure by using options such as:

Delaying or shifting trips.

Working from home or another location.

Bus and transit.

Rideshare, vanpool and carpool.

Passenger rail service.




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