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SHORTSEA SHIPPING “pulses.” As much as 80 percent of regional agriculture production is exported. Lewiston’s Port Manager David

Doeringsfeld said, “The majority of what we ship is paper products manufactured by Clearwater Paper; peas and len- tils grown in the area; and container loads of wheat. Every- thing we grow within a hundred miles radius is exported overseas. The port allows us to cater to export markets.” “We move a lot of bulk grain shipments out of here.

Bulk wheat shipments are the main commodities shipped on the Columbia/Snake River system.

These grain shipments are what allow containers on barges to be cost effective. Because you’re moving these grain barges up and down river all the time, it’s then cost effective to just tie in a container barge into that tow,” he said.

Port of Lewiston: Expanded and Improved

In the past, the Port of Lewiston had space for only one barge at a time at its dock, but after recent improvements, two barges fi t comfortably. Now, said Doeringsfeld, “We’ll be able to load one while we’re unloading another. It also opens up some ‘break bulk’ opportunities. Lewiston’s dock is 250-feet long and capable of handling any roll-on/roll off cargo allowed on area highways. Even before the expanded dock, the Port of Lewiston was working with U.S. and Ca- nadian companies and logistics fi rms to handle oversized cargo bound inland. For example, refi nery equipment has gone to the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. Wind gen- erators have made their way to the U.S. Midwest and parts for coal-fi red electrical generation plants into Wyoming.

Signifi cantly, Lewiston lies less than 800 miles by road from the Sidney, Montana and Williston, North Dakota area and may be a less-expensive alternative route to the oil fi elds. In the past, shipments of pipe manufactured in

Asia have gone through the Panama Canal and then up through Houston to oil producing areas. Lewiston and the

Eastern Oregon ports of Umatilla and Morrow are looking for more oversize loads.

Lewiston is versatile, as well. The long dock at the Port of Lewiston has also been used to send shipments downriv- er. An Idaho company manufactured a load of 39 modular dorms and put them onto a 400-foot-long, 76-foot wide ocean going barge twice as big as most of the barges that call on Lewiston.

The barge took the dormitory parts all the way to

Seward, Alaska without stopping to switch to a bigger boat. They became a three-story dormitory for Alaska Vo- cational Technical College in Seward.

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