April 25, 2024 – The Beaver Dock at Port Westward Industrial Park has resumed commercial operations after a barge unaffiliated with Port Westward damaged the dock last November. The Port’s primary dock user led the effort to restore the facility to operation and loading of renewable diesel resumed earlier this month.

On Nov. 12, 2023, a tug and barge traveling up the Columbia River collided with the dock causing considerable damage. The impact destroyed approximately 100 feet of the downstream approach and damaged multiple pipelines but resulted in no product release.

In the past four months, a new pipe connection has been built and a product line, vapor recovery line, inert gas line, fire water line, water discharge line, and electrical conduit have all been reconstructed.

The Port also worked in close cooperation with Portland General Electric (PGE), which operates three power generation plants at Port Westward, to rebuild their water discharge system on the dock.

“The Port would like to thank dock user CPBR for leading the rebuild effort as well as the local, state, and federal agencies whose response and actions played a pivotal role in getting the dock back in operation. Their collaboration and support were instrumental in ensuring a rapid return to service,” said Port Executive Director Sean Clark.