"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." -  John Ruskin 1819-1900

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Photo of the Week: Viewing Mt. St Helens from the Columbia River

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During a catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, an estimated 3,900,000 cubic yards of material were injected into the Columbia River, reducing the river's depth by 25 feet for a 4-mile stretch. This temporarily closed the busy channel to ocean-going freighters, costing Portland, Oregon an estimated five million US dollars. More online at Wikipedia here.

Contact our Portland Office to avoid catastrophe during your port call to the Columbia River! Contact information can be found here.

Photo below taken aboard Pan Ocean Co. Ltd. chartered vessel, M/V Western Maple.

Mt. Saint Helens

Photo provided by Evan Jones, General Steamship - Portland, Oregon - 01/22/14