2017 Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Overview: On January 31st, the new 100-metric ton Travel Lift arrived at the Port of Coos Bay’s Shipyard off Troller Road in Charleston!  The Port purchased the lift with a loan of $600,000 from the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA), which will also be utilized to construct a building to house the lift when it is not in use.  IFA Loan Press Release 

Increased Capacity: The lift that was previously utilized at the Shipyard had a 60-ton lift capacity.  The new Travel Lift is equipped to hoist 100-metric tons, or 220,000 lbs, doubling the lift capacity in the shipyard.  Our own Port staff recently completed improvements to the travel lift pier to handle the added weight capability of the new equipment.  This is a revenue generating asset that will:

·       increase local capacity

·       improve quality and range of service for our customers

·        increase potential business in the shipyard

·       Accommodate a wider range of vessels

This increased level of service is essential for our local fishing and recreational fleets. The Shipyard is home to three local marine based businesses: Giddings Boat Works, Tarheel Aluminum Inc., and Skallerud Marine Services, all of which specialize in a variety of repair and fabrication services.  Increasing the size range of boats that can be serviced in the yard will open larger markets segments, helping these businesses thrive.

How it Works: The Travel Lift drives onto the slip to an open-end pier to lift vessels from the water.  Straps are secured around the boat prior to hoisting.  Once out of the water, the lift can drive the vessel to areas within the yard for upland storage or repair projects. 

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Phased Approach: The purchase of the travel lift marks the first in a series of planned improvements to the shipyard.  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.  The Port will be seeking funding and working through the permitting processes to allow the slip to expand to at least 27’ wide.  Port staff worked closely with the manufacturer (Marine Travelift) to ensure that the lift can be expanded to 27’ to accommodate the future slip expansion project.  

The 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 of much greater size, significantly increasing the size and volume capabilities of the yard.

Charleston Shipyard Travel Lift

Why 100-metric tons? The Port staff knew that the lift that was being used needed to be replaced.  Travel Lifts come in a wide range of lift capacities.  The decision to purchase a 100-metric ton lift was based on an analysis which factored in anticipated debt service, demand, and revenue generated by the new lift.  The 100-metric ton lift was an excellent option for the shipyard’s upgrade because it doubles the current capacity in a fiscally responsible manner.

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 in Southwestern Oregon and the State. Once the project is complete, new travel lift information can be accessed on the Shipyard webpage. 

2007 Charleston Marina Master Plan


The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay owns and operates the Charleston Marina, the Charleston Marina RV Park and the Charleston Shipyard, all of which serve various market segments in the community – commercial fishing and seafood processing, recreational fishing and boating, tourism and a growing retail and commercial sector. 

The port adopted a master plan for the development and management of port-owned property and marine related activities in the Charleston area in the early 1990s and updated that plan in early 2007 to reflect changing economic conditions, environmental values and shifts in facility use over the years. 


2007 Master Plan Project Status

Phase I Improvements completed:  Resurfacing outer basin with parking improvements, rip-rap repair, resurfacing Eel Avenue with parking improvements and establish a paved area behind Seahawk Seafood with drainage.  

Phase II Improvements: 

  • Completed – Inner basin restroom building replacement with restroom
    and shower facilities. 

  • Partially completed – Paving, parking, sidewalk and curbing
    enhancements to the area around the Oregon Institute of Marine
    Biology’s (OIMB) interpretive center at the corner of Guano Rock and Boat Basin Road. 

  • Completed – The Port was also successful in receiving an award on the behalf of Coos County for a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  This project provided approximately 2,400 lineal feet of curbing, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and storm drain improvements to Boat Basin Road from OIMB to approximately Davey Jones’ Locker.

  • Completed – The Port partnered with the South Slough National
    Estuarine Research Reserve for construction of a paddlecraft launch near the entrance to the slough.

  • Completed – Charleston Shipyard utilities have been placed underground.

  • Completed – The Port received an Oregon State Marine Board grant for construction of a new fish cleaning station near the Charleston Marina boat launch.