ORS 777.195¹
Port may engage in certain water commerce-related activities

A port may, for hire:

(1) Acquire, charter, own, lease, rent, dispose of, maintain and operate towboats, barges and other watercraft for the transportation of all kinds of merchandise, freight and commercial or recreational passengers, and engage generally in maritime trade and commerce, within or without the boundaries of this state.

(2) Own, acquire, construct, operate and maintain railroad terminal grounds and yards; and construct, operate and maintain such line or lines of railroad, with necessary sidetrack, turnouts, switches and connection and arrangements with other common carriers, as may facilitate water commerce between common carriers and points within the port; and carry and transport freight and passengers and move passenger trains over the lines.

(3) Acquire, own, lease, rent, operate, maintain and dispose of unit trains and related facilities for the transportation of bulk commodities to facilities within the port from locations within or without the port. [1971 c.728 §22 (enacted in lieu of 777.130); 1979 c.109 §1; 1981 c.879 §2; 2001 c.883 §39f]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

The port’s authority to interfere with the state’s proprietary rights in its submerged or submersible lands, (1972) Vol 36, p 150

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 53 (1971)

Chapter 777

Notes of Decisions

Port district’s power to formulate rules and regula­tions to prevent estuary and stream pollu­tion within its boundaries did not give it standing to object to power supply contract between Bonneville Power Administra­tion and proposed aluminum plant. Port of Astoria v. Hodel, 595 F2d 467 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 777—Ports Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors777.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 777, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano777.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information