The Port of Coos Bay is working with the US Army Corp of Engineers to complete a channel deepening project for the Federal Navigation Channel. This project will increase the authorized depth of the channel and the authorized width of the channel. Increasing channel capacity is vital as the US Army Corp of Engineers predicts that 62% of total container ship capacity will be represented by Post-Panamax size ships by 2030. Therefore, the channel deepening project will allow for increase capacity of import and export tonnage, allow for ease of access for future day cargo ships and continued growth. As of now, the project is projected to be completed in 2022. 

Project Timeline

June 2014 // Alternative & Scoping
July 2015 // Tentatively selected plan
March 2018 // release draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
August 2018 // draft 204/408 report
April 2019 // final 408 & record of decision
April 2019 // permits issued for construction
May 2019 // final 204 approval by Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
October 2019 // Construction (3 years) 

More information to come.

In the mean time, if you have any questions on the Channel deepening project, please fill out the form on the Projects page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.