As its name suggests, the Portland area is strongly linked to the sea. The port is the heart, the soul, and to a large extent, the muscle of a dynamic city. From container ships to luxury cruise ships, Portland's harbor can handle the largest seagoing vessels. At the same time, the harbor is dotted with ferries and colorful pleasure boats. Portland is home to a working waterfront, but it also has a playful side.

Throughout its long history, Portland has attracted shippers to its port. Our natural deepwater, ice-free harbor is among the best protected on the East Coast. Commercial fleets as well as passenger boats find a welcome refuge here as they enjoy the rare beauty and great opportunities the Portland area provides.
  1. Cruise Season Officially Underway; Portland to Welcome 103 Ships this Season

    The 2017 cruise season officially begins this Sunday with the arrival of the first large ship of the season. This year, the cruise season spans from May to November bringing 103 cruise ships and more than 125,000 passengers. Read on...
  2. City & Harbor Commission Make Progress on Dredging Solution, Select CAD Cell Site Location

    The City and the Portland Harbor Commission, working with a team of consultants from Stantec, Apex, and Campbell Environmental Group, have identified a primary site for evaluating a potential confined aquatic disposal cell (CAD Cell) in Portland Harbor. Read on...
  3. City Hires Director of Office of Economic Opportunity & Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

    The City recently hired two people to serve in key staffing posts. Julia Trujillo Luengo as the Director of the new Office of Economic Opportunity and Mandy Levine as the Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Specialist within the HR Department. Read on...
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