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As professional and scientific expertise begins to consider more carefully the economic imperative of exploiting the harbor at the mouth of the Columbia river, for its natural potential as a host to a deep-water international cargo-container facility, one of the alternatives suggested, is for development within the TONGUE POINT BASIN (TPB), at the eastern end of the Astoria Waterfront. This historic mooring has served as a U.S. Naval Air Station mooring, and as a Coast Guard facility. It is on the existing PNW RR line, near the main shipping channel, and would appear to have some advantages over Smith Point, for development as a deep-water port capable of serving container vessels running international cargo.
THESE BRIEF NOTES probe a little more closely into the potential upside and downside of proposing that a regional deep-water shipping hub at Astoria, should be situated at Tongue Point Basin.