The Port Unveils Coos Bay Channel Dredging Project

The Port of Coos Bay is proposing to deepen and widen the Federal navigation channel through its $400 million Coos Bay Channel Modification Project.

According to Mike Dunning, port director of maritime operations, the project will expand the existing channel from -37’ depth and 300’ width to -45’ depth and 450’ width from the channel entrance to river mile 8.2.

Currently, the port is in the engineering and design phase of the Coos Bay Channel Modification project, coordinating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the new long-term maintenance dredging of the channel.

Mike Dunning continued by saying that the modification of the channel will provide multiple opportunities for economic development in the South Coast. The increase in width and depth will allow existing and projected future cargo vessels to have less restricted access to berths and terminals, reducing delays and increasing the efficiency of port operations.

The channel modification will also increase loading efficiencies for existing and future cargo vessels, which would allow industries to transport freight at lower unit costs.

Under the current schedule, dredging activities are slated to begin in late 2019 and conclude in 2022. But before dredging begins the Corps will need to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts associated with the project.

The last deepening project modifying the Coos Bay Navigation Channel was from 1996 to 1998, increasing the authorized channel depth from -35’ to -37’.

 

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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