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Chapter 19.12 Harbor Master

City Code Chapter

19.12.010 Duties.

  1. A.  It shall be the duty of the Harbor Master to inspect the harbor frequently and report any violation of this Title or any other title or any law respecting the use of wharves, docks, landings, vessels, watercraft, or harbor to the proper authorities of the City, County of Multnomah, the United States, or the State of Oregon, as the case may be to be acted upon as provided by law in cases where he/she is not empowered by this Title to act.
  2. B.  The Harbor Master, to assure good coordination and develop cooperation, good management and control in the administration of his/her office, shall develop a working liaison with the Captain of the Port United States Coast Guard, Director Port of Portland, Chief Navigation Branch Portland Dist., US Army Corps of Engineers, Director of the Oregon State Marine Board, Director of the Oregon Division of State Lands, and the Sheriff of Multnomah County.

19.12.020 Powers.

  1. Whenever the Harbor Master finds it necessary for safe navigation or safety of the Port or harbor, he may order the Master or other person in charge of any vessel or watercraft to change its position or to change the position of the rigging, cargo, booms, or other equipment, or to do any other act necessary to remove obstruction to safe navigation.  If the Master or other person in charge of the vessel fails or refuses to comply with the order of the Harbor Master, then the Harbor Master or his/her authorized representatives may remove the obstruction to navigation; and any expense resulting therefrom may be recovered by an action by law, if necessary.

19.12.030 Right to Inspect.

  1. To the full extent permitted by law, the Harbor Master or any duly authorized assistants, when engaged in fire prevention, and/or harbor inspection work, is authorized and directed, at any and all reasonable times, to enter and examine any building, mill warehouse, shipyard, dock, plant, boat, vessel, watercraft, or structure, either fixed or floating, in the performance of their duties.

19.12.040 Aid.

(Amended by Ordinance 180917, effective May 26, 2007.)  

  1. The Harbor Master shall have full power to arrest any person or persons who violate any of the provisions of this Title, and he/she shall have the right to call on the Chief of the Bureau of Police and/or the Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue who shall aid him/her in the execution of his/her duties.