Portland Harbor Behind the Scenes Series Returns

Since the mid-1800s, Portland’s harbor has supported access to international trade, a strong industrial base and good paying local jobs. Although marine and industrial business on the waterfront continues to be a major economic engine for the region, not everyone understands the “why” and “how.”

This U.S. Coast Guard demonstration wowed attendees during the first series and, by popular demand, it is one of the repeat tours for the second series. (Photo: Steven Fritz)

With the return of the “Portland Harbor: Behind the Scenes” series of free talks and tours, the Port of Portland and the Working Waterfront Coalition are partnering on educational and entertaining events that provide a unique and close-up view into the daily operations of Portland’s working harbor. Talks are held at the St. John’s Pub, and tours include a wide variety of waterfront businesses. For example, the previous series included a shipyard tour, U.S. Coast Guard demonstration and a barge launch, just to name a few.

The success of the first series drove the planning for a second. “Many of our tours in the last series proved popular, filling quickly and with long waiting lists, which was a good problem to have,” said Brooke Berglund, tour and outreach program manager. “The turnout was encouraging; feedback was positive; and it proved to be an effective, low-cost option to introduce people to the Port and the Portland Harbor in a fun and unique way.”

Updates on talks and tours are being posted on the Port website as they become available at www.portofportland.com. You can also become a “fan” of the series and find additional information about the series on Facebook by searching for “Portland Harbor.”

Related Links:
Upcoming Talks and Tours
Working Waterfront Facebook Page