Project is funded in part by the Oregon State
Lottery and administered by the State of Oregon,
Economic and Community Development Department.
the past decade, the marine
transportation industry has shown increasing
interest in Coos Bay for the development of an
intermodal container terminal. With container
ships increasing in size, the Oregon
International Port of Coos Bay (the Port) sought
authorization from the Assistant Secretary of
Army (ASA) to pursue the required analysis of
channel modifications for lower Coos Bay to serve the newest class of ships coming into service.
On June 11, 2007,
the Port received authorization from the ASA-Civil
Works to pursue the studies necessary to
determine whether such a project should be
recommended to the U.S. Congress for
authorization. Under Section 203 of the Water
Resources Development Act of 1986, the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers is the lead agency
overseeing the process for a combined
Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement
(FS/EIS) of the proposed channel modifications.
The Port has hired David Evans and Associates
and Integrated Water Solutions as
its Project Management Team for the Section 203
process. The Draft FS/EIS is expected in
May 2013, with a final FS/EIS and Record of
Decision due in February 2014.
Capitalizing on opportunities for commerce
capacity for large container, break-bulk and
bulk commodity ships at U.S. West
the national economy.
Improve security for the international movement
Improve safety and
efficiency in the Coos Bay Navigation Channel.
Ship transit times would be shorter and more
A net positive effect would be created to
the estuary through mitigation.
Project scope and timeline
Elements of the proposed federal project
the federal navigation channel from the ocean
entrance to the railroad bridge from its current
authorized depth of -37 MLLW (Mean Lower Low
Water) up to -51 MLLW.
from 300 feet up to 450 feet.
ocean entrance jetty modifications.
map of the proposed project area is shown
below. More information regarding the channel
modification project can be found at