Berth 4 Redevelopment

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Built in 1928, the Port's Berth 4 was home to the bustling Continental Grain Terminal for 60 years until the late 1980s, when the facility was shut down. For the next decade, the dock was used as a lay berth to park ships waiting to unload. When it became evident the 87-year-old dock had reached the end of its useful life, the Port began a multi-phase project to redevelop the site.

Phase 1 began with the removal of the old timber decking in March 2014, followed by the removal of over 1,000 creosote-treated pilings in 2015. In 2016, the Port finished construction of seven new dolphins in its place that are used to tie up vessels while they're waiting to be loaded or unloaded.

Phase 2 of the project included a full site hazard assessment and estimate for upland demolition of the silos and adjacent facilities.

In 2022, the Port was granted the final permits to move forward with demolition of the grain complex and its adjacent facilities. Demolition is slated to begin Summer 2023. Once the demolition is complete, and the site is ready for a new tenant, the Port will pursue securing a new industry and create a new future for Berth 4.

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Historic Preservation

The Port is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to properly commemorate and document the history of the operations of the old Continental Grain facility. To kick off our preservation efforts, we created a short historical booklet on the history of the facility.

Share Your Stories!

In part of the historic preservation, the Port is also creating a short documentary on the old grain facility. Currently, we are in the process of gathering anecdotal information on the complex. We are looking for people who previously worked at, or had any affiliation with the grain terminal during its operation from 1928 to 1989. If you or someone you know has stories relating to the Continental Grain facility, please contact Karley Davis at 360-703-0231. We would love to hear from you.