Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Prepares to Mobilize “THE LAURA” to Dredge the Port of Garibaldi Marina

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Oregon International Port of Coos Bay

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2017

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Prepares to Mobilize “THE LAURA” to Dredge the Port of Garibaldi Marina

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (OIPCB) is preparing to deploy staff to the Port of Garibaldi.  Utilizing the State of Oregon owned dredge “THE LAURA”, Port of Coos Bay staff will dredge the marina and boat launch at the Port of Garibaldi.  THE LAURA was purchased by the State of Oregon in 2015, with the cooperation of the Oregon Legislature and the Governor’s office. 

 “THE LAURA”, an Ellicot-360SL swing ladder suction dredge, was purchased by the State of Oregon.  Annual maintenance dredging of navigational channels is conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), to keep shipping channels safe and navigable.  However, this annual maintenance dredging by the Corps does not include launch ramps and marinas.  Ports throughout Oregon were struggling to keep marinas and launch ramps navigable due to the cost prohibitive nature of contracted dredging services.  Costs associated with marina dredging by private contractors are significantly amplified due to the costs incurred with mobilizing and demobilizing dredge equipment.  Smaller ports were not able to afford the cost to dredge their marinas, which has led to significant amounts of shoaling within marinas along the entire Oregon Coast. The result of this shoaling jeopardizes the ability of commercial and recreational fishing fleets to moor, yielding catastrophic economic impacts.  The State’s purchase of “THE LAURA” and her tender, the Ms. SoCo, a 30’ twin outboard vessel equipped with a 1-ton crane, has helped to significantly reduce the cost of dredging in marinas, allowing smaller ports to remain safe and viable.

In late 2016, the State of Oregon approached the OIPCB, requesting the Port assume operations and management of “THE LAURA”.  The Port of Coos Bay’s management of THE LAURA helps to streamline and create uniformity in how dredging projects are implemented across the State.  The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is the largest deep water coastal port between San Francisco and the Puget Sound, and as such, has the staff, expertise, and capacity to perform dredging operations for other smaller ports statewide.  Last year, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay partnered with the Port of Alsea to complete dredging in their marina, which is used extensively by recreational users all year round.  “The Port of Alsea was a priority due to extensive shoaling and years of no maintenance dredging. The Port feared that their marina would become completely unviable”, says John Burns, Port of Coos Bay CEO.

Currently, dredging projects are selected each year based on severity of need, permitting, and availability of funding.  The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will be working with the State of Oregon and a committee of ocean and river ports to establish a selection process for dredging projects since there are significant needs at ports throughout the state. 

The Port of Garibaldi was selected this season due to having a dredging permit in place and because vessels are currently sitting on bottom at low tide, which prevents vessels from getting underway when the tide is out.  The project will save time and expense at the Port of Garibaldi, and lead to greater utilization of their facilities. The Port of Garibaldi supports a mix of commercial fishing boats, charter vessels, and recreational fishing vessels. “We are a small but growing Port”, said Michael Saindon, Port of Garibaldi Manager, “keeping the boat basin dredged is critical for the safety of all mariners and can make the difference to our many small business’s ability to be successful.  With the help of the Port of Coos Bay and the State-owned dredge, we can keep the port dredged at a reasonable cost and not have to incur debt to keep the Port running.”

The Port of Coos Bay will deploy 4 staff to the Port of Garibaldi, mobilizing on October 16th and returning to Coos Bay on December 21st, 2017.  “We appreciate the staff’s willingness to spend time away from their homes and families for this project, in order to ensure the strength and future of our sister Ports,” states John Buckley, Charleston Marina Harbormaster. 

The Charleston Marina and boat launch have significant dredging needs, as well.  The Port of Coos Bay applied for a dredge disposal permit for the marina, for material placement in the flow lane, however, it was denied for the requested quantities.  Current estimates indicate that the Port of Coos Bay will need to remove 40,000 cubic yards from the marina, and 15,000 cubic yards from the shipyard.  The Port is currently exploring other options for dredge material placement, including repair of the upland disposal site in Barview. 

The Port of Coos Bay is committed to promoting sustainable development that enhances the economy of southwestern Oregon and the State, and supporting port and maritime operations statewide.

 

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For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay
            Phone 541.267.3713 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com /