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Port of Hueneme getting funds from Army Corps of Engineers

The Port of Hueneme will receive $778,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers, the first of the port funds it became eligible to receive with the passing of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act in December.

The port was previously ineligible to receive money for maintenance from a fund it had paid into, […]

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Port of Coos Bay proposes widening Coos Bay Channel

From KCBY:

The Port of Coos Bay is proposing the expansion through its Coos Bay channel modification project.

The project will expand the existing channel from 37 to 45 feet dep and from 300 to 400 fifty feet wide.

The Port of Coos Bay will hold meetings to give information to the community later […]

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Port of Coos Bay pushing $400 million dredging project

From The Democrat-Herald:

The Port of Coos Bay has stepped up its public outreach efforts in recent weeks to promote its proposed $400 million channel modification project.

A 1,400-foot-long by 1,100-foot-wide “vessel-turning basin” would also be created at the upper end of the proposed modification.

Currently, the channel sits at a depth of 37 feet […]

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Ken O’Hollaren hired as Port of Portland marine marketing director

From the American Journal of Transportation:

The Port of Portland announced this week that Ken O’Hollaren was hired to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, starting Monday, March 20, 2017. O’Hollaren previously served as the executive director of the Port of Longview and the Port of Port Angeles, and brings more than 25 […]

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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships […]

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Port of Grays Harbor channel deepening slated for fall, to finish in 2018

The work on deepening the Port of Grays Harbor’s navigation channel has secured federal funding and is expected to begin sometime this fall, officials said at the Port’s Tuesday meeting.

Federal funding will provide $15 million for the project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Branch Chief Jessica Winkler told Port officials.

A project […]

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Dredge funding falls short for some East Coast ports

From an article titled ‘Obama’s funding request leaves some ports wanting’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Among U.S. ports pursuing major harbor deepening projects, there were decidedly more losers than winners in President Obama’s 2017 budget request unveiled earlier this month. For some, the $4.1 trillion proposal came with a mix of good and bad […]

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$1.2 billion approved for ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

A funding bill approved Friday by Congress includes $1.2 billion to pay for dredging and other maintenance work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, a local congresswoman said.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, called the funding “a major victory for our ports, allowing them to invest in dredging, maintenance and other improvements that […]

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Port of Hueneme receives U.S Department of Commerce grant

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced on August 24, 2015 that the Port of Hueneme was one of this year’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant awardees. The award of nearly $1.5 million to the Oxnard Harbor District will be used to make improvements to the wharf and berth of this critical shipping hub. Projections […]

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New Suez Canal trial starts; 6 ships cross in both directions

BBC photo from Saturday’s event at the Suez Canal.

The first trial operation of the new Suez Canal started Saturday morning, with six large ships crossing in both directions, Youm7 reported.

The trial operation aims to assure that the canal allows ships with different sizes and drafts to sail.

The executive agency that manages […]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened […]

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Port of Charleston gains approval to deepen harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to the Port of Charleston to deepen its harbor, a project port officials say is key to remaining a top destination for container ships on the East Coast.

The decision allows the South Carolina Ports Authority to deepen its harbor from 45 feet to […]

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Army Corps of Engineers to consider deeper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is once again weighing the costs and benefits of a potential $300 million effort to deepen the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the project — which would cover the stretch from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico — is […]

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Senate bill would increase federal funds to Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

A federal water resources bill making its way through Congress would provide funds to dredge the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Wednesday.

The wording of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a joint House and Senate […]

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Legislators press for state aid for Oregon coast

On a two-day tour along the Columbia River and Oregon’s northern coast, state legislators stopped in Astoria and Warrenton Friday to hear plans for expanding Astoria’s port capabilities, discuss dredging and Warrenton’s levee system.

In Astoria, the group convened and toured Westerlund Log Handlers’ operation at the Port of Astoria. The tour followed Wednesday’s decision […]

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