The Port of Newport is proud to be home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Operations Center - Pacific (NOAA MOC-P).
In 2007, NOAA began scouting for a new home for its MOC-P. In 2008, interest was narrowed to four sites and in April of 2009, the Port of Newport was invited to submit a proposal. Four months later, the Port of Newport was notified that it would become homeport for NOAA’s Marine Operations Center, which includes state of the art training and ship operations for six NOAA research and survey ships and provides administration, engineering, maintenance and logistical support to NOAA's entire Pacific fleet. With a budget of $38 million and a firm deadline for completion, Port officials worked with community stakeholders and others to not only deliver a spectacular new facility, but to do so earlier than anticipated. On April 29, 2011, officials from NOAA received the keys to their new Pacific home.
Today, the Port of Newport continues to lease the property and facilities to NOAA. As such, our staff also oversees the maintenance and upkeep of all buildings, as well as the docks.