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Port of Coos Bay CEO looks forward to completed projects, 'renewal of maritime commerce'

From an open letter titled ‘Dear Stakeholder: A Letter from Port of Coos Bay CEO John Burns’:

In 2017, the Port has continued to build out our team with the addition of four team members, three of which were hired to fill new positions at the Port reflecting growing Port operations. With our built-out team, […]


Port of Coos Bay board chief highlights infrastructure improvements

From Port Strategy:

Maintaining and improving aging infrastructure remains a priority at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, the president of the port’s Board of Commissioners Dave Kronsteiner has said.

In a letter in the port’s 2016/2017 Annual Report, Mr Kronsteiner said that the work continued to take precedence as many of the assets […]


Port of Coos Bay CEO has busy first year, focuses on deepening channel

John Burns, Port of Coos Bay CEO, says the port has been working on several projects, including the railroad rehabilitation project and Jordan Cove.

John Burns has been the Port of Coos Bay CEO for over a year now after being selected for the position, and he says he’s been busy.

Currently, he says the […]


Oregon port marks full restoration of Coos Bay line

On Monday, a Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) train moved a shipment of plywood out of the Roseburg Forest Products mill in Coquille, Ore., marking the full restoration of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s 134-mile Coos Bay line since the route was closed more than five years ago.

Late last month, Billeter Marine […]


Frieght trains return to Coos Bay, Oregon, this month

From KCBY:

Coos Bay Rail Link

After more than five years of empty tracks running through Coos Bay and North Bend, freight trains will now return to the bay area.

The Port of Coos Bay says repairs to the tracks have been completed, and now all eyes are on the swing bridge that connects […]


Port of Coos Bay fills COO position

Coos Bay COO Kathy Wall is taking over as COO from David Koch, who became full time CEO in June.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay promoted Kathy Wall to serve as chief operating officer, the position formerly held by Chief Executive Officer David Koch.

Wall previously served as harbormaster for two years, overseeing […]


ILWU Local 12 pickets Coos Bay's Southport barge terminal over longshore jurisdiction

ILWU Local 12 longshoremen protest the use of non-union labor in Coos Bay, Oregon, July 2012. Photo by The World.

About 25 Coos Bay International Longshore and Warehouse Union members gathered Monday outside Southport Lumber Co. to demand work.

Longshoreman Gene Sundet said Southport refused to hire union members for barge work at its […]


Northwest rail lines provide routes for coal shipments to Asia

Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper

1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would […]


Coos Bay to Eugene line back on track

Oregon’s Coos Bay Rail Link, shown here in green, connects Coos Bay to Eugene's rail access and Interstate 5. Current discussions around coal exports are playing into the future of the rail link.

After four years on hiatus, what’s now termed the Coos Bay Rail Link reopened for business last fall, and even at […]


Coos Bay rail line reopens after 4-year closure

After a long, hard, battle, officials gathered in Reedsport the first week in November to celebrate the re-opening of the Coos Bay Rail Line. In September of 2007, the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad shut down service on the Coos Bay Line, stranding local businesses that were dependent on rail service for their business.

Meanwhile, […]


Rail link to Coos Bay to reopen soon

Sometime in the next two weeks, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will reopen the rail line that was abandoned abruptly four years ago by the hedge fund-owned Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad.

“It’s sort of been like a nightmare/fairy tale saga,” DeFazio said. When the line is back, “It’s going to be a […]


Coos Bay railroad won’t open until September

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay won’t open its railroad till Sept. 1, the port commission announced at its monthly meeting Thursday.

The port had been scrambling to open in June, then July, to meet a need expressed by Roseburg Forest Products. The company plans to bring logs via rail from the Midwest to […]


Port of Coos Bay names rail operator, expedites work, changes Jordan Cove agreement

The Port of Coos Bay has picked ARG Trans of Arizona to run the Coos Bay Rail Link, port commissioners announced Thursday night.

In response to a request from an unnamed wood products firm, they declared an emergency, letting them drop competitive bidding requirements on some work to open part of the rail line by […]


Port of Coos Bay to hasten rail work for big customer

The Coos Bay Rail Link will connect Oregon's deep-water Coos Bay port with Interstate 5.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will expedite repairs to its rail line between Eugene and the North Spit to accommodate a ‘wood-products-related” customer that asked to have the line open by June 20.

Port CEO Jeff Bishop […]


Trains will run on Coos Bay line in June

The Coos Bay Rail Link, owned by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, is tentatively scheduled to begin partial service in June, provided the port and Reedsport manufacturer, American Bridge, enter into a contract by then, said port spokeswoman Elise Hamner.

The rail line’s rehabilitation is making progress, she said, and full service could […]