Oakland ship turning basins study released

Additional expansion and modernization of the Port of Oakland (California) is now one step closer thanks to the release of Oakland ship turning basins study.

Integrated Feasibility Report and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA), as well as a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening Navigation Study have been prepared jointly by the Army Corps’ San Francisco District and Port of Oakland.

I’m really excited to celebrate another major milestone with our partners at the Port of Oakland,” said San Francisco District Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Arnett. “Back in 2009, we celebrated deepening Oakland Harbor to -50 to allow for bigger, longer ships, and to improve logistics and the Port’s benefit to the local economy. Now, with the release of the District’s feasibility report we are taking a step forward to widening the turning basins and continuing that progress and growth.”

“USACE is a strong leader, and I am heartened by their genuine interest in the Port’s success,” stated Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “Modernizing our turning basins to routinely accommodate larger container vessels is critical to meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders.”

According to the Corps, this project will include removal and placement of approximately 1,983,000 cubic yards of aquatic dredged and terrestrial excavated material which will most likely be placed at Keller Canyon landfill, Kettleman Hills landfill, and at a beneficial use site for the protection, restoration, or creation aquatic wetland habitats.

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