Port Welcomes New Travel Lift – Celebrates First Step in Major Shipyard Expansion

News and Information from 

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017

Port Welcomes New Travel Lift – Celebrates First Step in Major Shipyard Expansion

On January 30th, the Port of Coos Bay’s Shipyard off Troller Road in Charleston received a welcome addition.  The Port has purchased a 100-metric ton Travel Lift, laying the groundwork to accommodate significantly larger boats in the Shipyard.  The lift was assembled by the manufacturer onsite at the Charleston Shipyard, and was commissioned on February 2nd.  The Travel Lift has the capacity to hoist vessels weighing up to 220,000 lbs out of the water, and move them to areas within the yard for upland storage or repair projects.  The Lift was purchased utilizing a $600,000 loan from the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority. 

The purchase of the Travel Lift marks the first in a series of planned improvements to the shipyard.  The Travel Lift drives onto the slip to an open-end pier to lift vessels from the water.  To realize the full potential of the Lift and accommodate a broader range of vessels, the Port plans to expand its travel lift slip.  The existing slip spans 17’ wide, however, the Port is working through permitting processes that would allow the slip to expand to 27’ wide.  Port staff worked closely with the manufacturer of the Travel Lift to ensure that it can be expanded to 27’ for the future slip expansion project.

The added capacity at the Shipyard will allow significantly larger vessels to be serviced and stored, which is essential for our local fishing and recreational fleets.  Larger vessels were previously unable to utilize services in Charleston’s Shipyard because of the lack of lift capacity, having to access other shipyards further up or down the coast.  The Shipyard is home to three local marine businesses, Giddings Boat Works, Tarheel Aluminum Inc., and Skallerud Marine Services, all of which specialize in a variety of repair and fabrication services.  Charleston Harbor Master John Buckley anticipates an increase in the level of activity at the Shipyard.  “We have already been receiving requests to have larger boats pulled out of the water,” stated Buckley. 

The Port of Coos Bay’s long range plans for the Charleston Shipyard include expanding the footprint of the property by 4.8 acres, and purchasing a second Travel Lift capable of lifting vessels weighing at least 200 metric tons, doubling the size and volume capabilities of the Yard.   

The Shipyard is a vital component of Charleston’s economy and a valued resource for local and regional fleets.  The Port of Coos Bay will continue to make investments in key infrastructure and equipment to encourage sustainable economic growth on the South Coast.

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift


For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay
Phone 541.267.7678 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com / www.portofcoosbay.com