Port of Portland (Maine)

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Port of Portland
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General Information
Terminals 11
Vessel Arrivals 577 (FY 2007)
Annual oil tonnage 22.9 million metric revenue tons (FY 2007)
Annual cargo tonnage .4 million metric revenue tons (FY 2007)
Cruise passengers 48,768 (FY 2007)
Portland Department of Ports
Marine Operations Manager John Totman
Mayor of the City of Portland Michael F. Brennan
Official Website
Port of Portland in July 2012

The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England as well as a major seaport along the east coast of the United States. It is also the second largest oil port on the East Coast, processing 149,616,287 barrels (23,787,088.7 m3) of oil in 2007, mostly through the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line, and the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States.[1]

A ferry company Casco Bay Lines, operated by the Casco Bay Islands Transit District, currently operates ferry services from the Port of Portland to several outlying islands.

From 1970-2008 the Port of Portland was connected by a seasonal (summer only) international ferry service to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Lion Ferry operated the first vessels on this route, MS Prince of Fundy (1970–76), MS Bolero (1973-76), and MS Caribe (1976–81). CN Marine operated the MV Marine Evangeline from 1978-82. Prince of Fundy Cruises and later Scotia Prince Cruises operated the MS Scotia Prince from 1983-2004. Scotia Prince was the last ferry operator to use the old city-owned International Marine Terminal before air quality issues resulted in the building being condemned over the winter of 2004-2005. The issue with the terminal building coincided with Scotia Prince Cruises announcing its termination of service on the Portland-Yarmouth route so that no ferry operated on the route in 2005. Bay Ferries began operating the high speed catamaran HSC The Cat on the route in 2006 and used the new Ocean Gateway International Marine Passenger Terminal for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. This service was canceled after the 2009 season.[2]

Portland is the second largest port of call in Maine for cruise ships, after the Port of Bar Harbor, near Acadia National Park. Cruise ships dock at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Passenger Terminal which is currently the largest cruise ship terminal in the state.[1]

The United States Coast Guard patrols the port from stations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b 2007 State of the Port Report
  2. ^ "Yarmouth ferry ends as funding refused". CBC News. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

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Coordinates: 43°39′00″N 70°15′04″W / 43.65°N 70.251°W / 43.65; -70.251