Abandoned and derelict vessels are a problem for many U.S. harbors, bays, and shorelines. Sunken, stranded, and decrepit vessels are not only an eyesore, but also hazards to navigation. Additionally, these vessels can pose significant threats to natural resources.Disposal of these vessels often falls on the shoulders of Port Authorities throughout the United States.
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 Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (OIPCB) has successfully applied for and received a $12,750 grant from Travel Oregon to replace picnic tables in the Charleston Marina RV Park. OIPCB applied through Travel Oregon’s competitive grants program and was one of 29 recipients to receive a grant award. Travel Oregon awarded a total of $400,000 for local tourism projects throughout the state.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (OIPCB) will be recognized with 25 other seaports for exemplary communications projects and programs by the American Association of Port of Authorities (AAPA). OIPCB received an overall average score of 97, earning an Award of Excellence in AAPA’s Communications Competition for the Coos Bay rail line Railroad Centennial.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a public scoping phase in the preparation of a comprehensive environmental impact statement to evaluate the effects of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s proposed modifications to the Federal Navigation Channel. The Port’s proposed project is made up of several actions to improve navigation efficiency, reduce shipping transportation costs and facilitate the shipping industry’s transition to larger, more efficient vessels. The Corps’ analysis also will support consideration of approvals and permits required prior to construction.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is pleased to announce that the Charleston Marina received a perfect score of 44 out of 44 on their recent Clean Marina Inspection. The Oregon State Marine Board oversees the program, which provides benchmarks in a number of areas aimed at preventing pollution, reducing waste, and communicating best practices to boaters.
In honor of the fishing community in Charleston and the Charleston community, the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29th.
Measure 6-162 will have far reaching negative impacts on the regional economy if it passes and is in direct conflict with the Port’s mission to promote sustainable development that enhances the economy of southwest Oregon and the State.
Over the past decade, maritime freight transportation has trended towards larger and larger ships, resulting in the need for wider and deeper channels nationwide. Our current channel poses navigational challenges to larger vessels, particularly related to vessel draft, and the ability to safely maneuver within the current channel footprint. Larger log and chip vessels moving in and out of the Port must synchronize passage with high tides, and often leave the port in a light loaded condition to reduce draft. Vessels that are light loaded are less efficient and generates higher cost for our shippers.
On the afternoon of April 21st, twelve staff members from the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay formed two teams and gathered along the Bayfront between the Coos Bay rail yard and the Coos History Museum. The mission: collect and dispose of as much garbage and debris along the waterfront within a 3-hour period in honor of Earth Day. In total, the group gathered 30 bags of garbage along the waterfront.
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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently celebrated their 227th year of existence this past summer. As a coastal community, we feel the presence of USCG through the USCG Cutter (USCGC) Orcas and the USCG stations in North Bend and Coos Bay. The Port interacts with the USCG in a variety of ways. We rent out the dock where the USCGC Orcas is currently stationed as well as work with the USCG in various committees like the Coos Bay Harbor Safety Committee. Recently, we went to tour the USCGC Orcas to gain a better understanding of their operations.
This past month, a couple of Port staff took a tour of the Coos Bay, Georgia-Pacific (GP) sawmill to better understand and get to know one of our main shippers on the Coos Bay rail line. On an average day, GP ships approximately 12 rail cars on the Coos Bay Rail Link out of the facility. This is significant as each rail car has enough framing lumber to construct about six houses!
After 8 years of being a commercial fisherman, Tyler expanded Long Fisheries operations through the lease of dock 15 along the Charleston working waterfront. With the addition of the dock, Long Fisheries provides a place for out of town buyers from LA to British Columbia, Canada to conduct business in Charleston.
A couple weeks ago, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (OIPCB) and Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) hosted the National American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) group on the Coos Bay rail line. NARCOA is a national non-profit organization that is “dedicated to the preservation and safe, legal operation of railroad equipment historically used for maintenance of way.”
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