Love it and agree. There are other areas better suited for this type of facility. Better harbors, deeper harbors (no dredging needed), and so on. They have been an eyesore (and an awful stank) forever. I remember running a track meet in South Portland in the early 90's and how badly it smelled. Neighbors have started to complain about the smell, but also illnesses and air quality levels significantly being out of code. I also remember running track meets in Westbrook and remembered how badly it smelled, and they rectified it later on. Imagine if Westbrook still smelled like rotten eggs? I'm not sure what "jobs" these facilities provide that can't be replaced by something more environmental or sustainable. It's time to move on from them.I guess this post can belong here as the harbor is part of the design of the city. I've noticed oil tankers docked in the middle of the harbor, or a lot more than usual. At this moment one is directly (or close to it) in the path of the ferries that travel to Peaks Island. I think it's about time for this facility to go. Irrespective of the idea about reversing the oil flow, which would destroy the beauty of the harbor and neighboring land (I've done a lot of research on this), "creative" ideas need to be discussed. We have all noticed a huge transformation with Portland, and one that is FAR BETTER than the old city. We love Portland because of how dynamic a place it has become. Other than Boston, the Portland arch blogs receive substantially more postings compared to other New England cities. I took a tour of the Roux Institute recently, and this facility is developing into a learning center with a national reputation. Students and entrepreneurs from all over the world are studying in this modern and exciting building, and their semi-wonderful view includes an oil tank farm, unloading facility, and tankers spewing diesel fumes 24/7 in the middle of the harbor. Leaks of oil into the harbor are not unusual. Simply research old PPH stories (not to mention, but I will, the leaks we don't know about). I am not an environmentalist, or the kind in the more active sense of the word, but I care about the integrity and beauty of Casco Bay. Last September, I chartered a schooner with friends (Calendar Islands Tours) on a perfect day, and the youngish captain, who was from Hawaii, revealed that he thinks Casco Bay and the Calendar Islands provides for the best sailing in the world. In the winter he captains schooners in the Caribbean. I do realize the older Mainers prefer keeping this facility, "It's been around since I was a boy and it's good for jobs!" but it's time to go. Irrespective of it being an eyesore and unfitting symbol for the future, it is a toxic product, and one we should be scaling back on as much as possible. Perhaps an interim solution is using only the two unloading docks located past the bridge, instead of directly front and center (two docks plus the sitting in the harbor) of Portland's prime economy, tourism.
Ships moor in that Location because that’s the best spot for deep water anchorage within the harbor. It has no impact at all on Peaks Island ferry service.I guess this post can belong here as the harbor is part of the design of the city. I've noticed oil tankers docked in the middle of the harbor, or a lot more than usual. At this moment one is directly (or close to it) in the path of the ferries that travel to Peaks Island.
God fobrid the tourist experience is momentarily interrupted by the presence of an actual economy....instead of directly front and center (two docks plus the sitting in the harbor) of Portland's prime economy, tourism.
The status of the PPL is complicated. Suncor energy actually took full ownership of the line last year, and they've clearly been doing maintenance and upgrades on the line. Crude discharges are very infrequent compared to pre-2012 volumes, but Suncor clearly has plans for the line, or at the very least, wants to keep it as a backup supply chain option in case of disruptions in the North American pipeline network.I thought the Portland Pipeline was still idled? Perhaps the tankers were driven to port due to turbulent ocean conditions created by Hurricane Larry last week?
I'm pretty sure the remaining tanker facilities and tank farms are all for regional oil and gas distribution. Those won't be going anywhere as long as we're still driving fuel-burning vehicles, fuel-burning construction equipment and oil-burning hearing systems. As such, those are crucial to a thriving metro area in the short to medium term. Take those away, and the nearest facilities would be Portsmouth/Newington and Searsport.
Not a transplant and don't have a problem with cargo ships, except for oil and chemical related products. It's a nasty, nasty resource, and the leaks into the harbor are numerous (albeit, most are minimal). Like I said, an interim solution is moving it all to the other side of the bridge, and not allowing tankers to sit in the middle of the harbor for extended periods of time.Ships moor in that Location because that’s the best spot for deep water anchorage within the harbor. It has no impact at all on Peaks Island ferry service.
I always find it mildly amusing that so many people (mostly transplants from other big east coast cities) decry the idea of cargo ships in Portland harbor because of the pollution they cause, but have no problem at all with gigantic cruse ships pulling right up to the eastern waterfront and leaving their engines idling all day while their passengers walk around contributing almost nothing to our local economy.
God fobrid the tourist experience is momentarily interrupted by the presence of an actual economy
But I've actually noticed the opposite. I was at Portland Head Light on Saturday afternoon watching a bulk freighter being escorted in, and all the tourists were fascinated. Lots of "wow, look at that!" and lots of photos. Active marine industry is part of the appeal of Portland.
I think it’s important to keep the “port” in Portland. Having an active marine industry contributes far more to our economy then any cruise ship or schooner tour ever will, And maintaining Portland as a hub for fishing and marine industry Helps Portland “punch above its weight” as a city. Oil traffic will gradually decline more and more over the next 10 to 15 years, which is a good thing. Meanwhile our container port is growing rapidly and Portland could become a major hub for containerized and frozen food shipments.