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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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Dredging planned at Port of Astoria

The Daily Astorian reports that the Port of Astoria Commission has voted to focus on developing North Tongue Point, improving dredging, expelling sea lions from the East End Mooring Basin and repairing its docks, fixing crumbling piers and further improving the agency’s finances as priorities for the coming fiscal year and beyond. Commissioners provided several […]

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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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Channel deepening to bring fully loaded ships to Port of Hueneme

From ‘More cargo, more jobs expected as Port of Hueneme gets deeper’ in the Ventura County Star:

The Port of Hueneme will be deepened from its current 35 feet to 40 feet under a deal approved this week, a move expected to bring in more than 200,000 tons of additional cargo each year.

The deepening […]

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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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Maintenance dredging begins at Port of Kalama TEMCO site this fall

Port of Kalama News Release:

The Port of Kalama commission voted to award a maintenance dredging contract to the apparent low bidder, HME Construction, for $893,910.00. As part of a routine project to maintain the draft needed for large cargo ships the firm will remove dredged materials in front of the TEMCO Grain Terminal located […]

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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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TraPac on board as JaxPort explores cheaper, scaled-back dredging option

TraPac terminal at Jaxport, Jacksonville, Florida

TraPac, a major JaxPort tenant and key driver behind the push to dredge the St. Johns River, said it is fully behind port officials as they explore a scaled-back option deepening the river that would significantly reduce the cost of the project.

That option — which JaxPort officials confirmed […]

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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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Brazilian marine pilots say big ships can’t be safely navigated

Citing safety concerns, Conapra, the Brazilian national pilots association, is pressing the Brazilian Navy to restrict longer and wider vessels requiring greater drafts

Claudio Paulino, president of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of Conapra, is calling for a 266-meter length (about 873 feet) restriction at Santos, South America’s largest container gateway. Brazilian pilots claim that insufficient […]

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