OIPCB Celebrates 3rd Annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day

Coos Bay, OR - On April 5th, 2018, Ports throughout the Americas will celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day, providing an opportunity to highlight their role in job creation and economic prosperity. Ports are a vital part of the transportation infrastructure within the Western Hemisphere connecting products and commodities to the global marketplace.

According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2016 totaled 3.49 billion metric tons in volume and US $3 trillion in value. Of that, ports in Central and South America handled approximately 1.7 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US $940 billion, while North American ports handled about 1.8 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US $2 trillion.  While no two port authorities are the same, they each play a significant role in propelling economic diversification and development in the regions and states that they are locate.  For example, products that travel through Ports in the United States can range from commodities such as logs or steel, to consumer products like gear and apparel, hay, food products and beverages.

As a significant economic driver for Southwestern Oregon and the State, the Port supports the flow of domestic and international commerce through the federal navigation channel and the Coos Bay rail line. Commercially the port is divided into three Lines of Businesses:

Maritime Operations and Business Development:  We invest in marine infrastructure to support maritime commerce.  The Port has invested in dock infrastructure, as well as barge slips throughout the harbor.  This infrastructure is necessary to support the various industries that rely on our navigational channel to move freight in and out of the area.  Additionally, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is the only nonfederal sponsor for the navigation channel.  In this role, the Port coordinates with various state and federal agencies to ensure that necessary permits are in place, keeping our local maritime industry strong. 

Over the years, the Port has worked diligently to ensure that the navigation channel has the capacity to accommodate the global fleet.  As vessels have continued to grow in size, the Port has worked in tandem with state and federal agencies through processes to deepen the channel. The last deepening was in the late 1990’s, taking the channel from -35’ to –’37.  Currently, the Port is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a project to deepen and widen the channel from -37’ deep and 300’ wide to -45’ deep and 450’ wide.  This project will bring significant benefits to the area, allowing for safer vessel transit in the harbor, as well as improving cost and time efficiencies for shippers. 

Coos Bay boasts the largest coastal deep-water channel between San Francisco and the Puget Sound.  The navigational channel houses 14 public and private berths, ranging in length from 60’ to 1,326’, with depths ranging from 20’ to 37’.  In 2017, the Coos Bay harbor received about 60 vessel calls and imported and exported approximately 2 million short tons of goods.  At the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, exports and imports are dominated by lumber products.  When measured in US dollars, the top countries sending goods to the Port are Canada and Japan.  The top destinations for exports are Japan, China, and Canada.  In addition to these destinations, OICPB has traded with several other countries including the Netherlands, Turkey, and Nicaragua.  Products originating from the Port of Coos Bay also travel within Oregon to various destinations, including the Columbia River.

Coos Bay Rail Line: OIPCB owns the Coos Bay Rail Line; a 134-mile short line railroad that connects Oregonian shippers in Coos, Douglas, and Lane Counties to the National Rail Network, destined for locations across the United States and Canada.  The rail line provides an option in freight mobility that is cost effective, safe and environmentally sound.  The Coos Bay Rail Line provides an essential connection for key business segments in the region, providing a conduit for goods travelling to inland markets, as well as products coming to the Port for shipment to international markets.  The rail line serves local shippers such as Roseburg Forest Products, Southport Forest Products and Georgia-Pacific.

The Coos Bay Rail Line provides an intermodal cargo transportation system which keeps approximately 25,000 trucks off the roadways annually and supports 920 family wage jobs in Oregon. 

Charleston Marina and Shipyard: The Charleston Marina Complex and Shipyard provides services for the fishing industry on the Oregon Coast and serves as the hub for the third largest commercial fishing fleet in the State of Oregon.  With over 400 slips, access to commercial grade flake ice, a six-lane boat ramp, fish cleaning stations and two pump stations, the marina offers a wide array of amenities for commercial and recreational fishing fleets including an RV park for those who intend to enjoy the marina for an extended visit.  The Charleston Marina also owns the shipyard in Charleston, which offers repair, maintenance, and construction services.  The Port recently purchased a 100-metric ton travel lift, doubling the haul out capacity at the shipyard.  The travel lift is the largest public lift on Oregon’s South Coast. 

The Port of Coos Bay also operates the State-owned dredge, THE LAURA and her tender, the Ms. SoCo at the request of the State of Oregon.  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.  Since assuming this operational role in 2016, the Port has completed two successful marina dredging projects at the Ports of Alsea and Garibaldi.

The OIPCB is a major economic driver for the region.  The Port’s mission to promote sustainable development that enhances the economy Southwestern Oregon and the State is amplified through the three primary business arms.  The facilities and transportation infrastructure within the Port district keep industries strong and encourage new economic growth.




For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay
            Phone 541.266.3713 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com /