Port of Vancouver USA launches lecture series Feb. 13

Tug and barge industry will be among the topics

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Experts in a variety of industries will participate in a Port of Vancouver USA lecture series.

It will kick off Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Terminal 1 Gulls Nest conference room, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver (former Red Lion Hotel at the Quay).

Columbia River pilot Capt. Paul Amos and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association Executive Director Kristin Meira will be the guest speakers.

Amos is expected to share his knowledge and firsthand experiences in the tug and barge industry, as well as towing vessels on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers.

Meira will talk about the importance of a reliable, efficient and sustainable river system to the way of life in the Pacific Northwest.

Port of Vancouver USA Director of Operations Todd Krout and Rail Manager Wayne Harner will be the presenters Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m.. also at Terminal 1.

They will talk about rail infrastructure, safety, cargo movement, railroad jobs and railcar types typically seen in Southwest Washington. Harner is also a locomotive engineer with experience working with technologically advanced rail equipment and systems.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To RSVP, call 693-3611 or email For information about the port, visit