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Port of Long Beach wants to go deeper to compete

PortandTerminal.com, November 2, 2019

LONG BEACH, CA – Two meetings on Nov. 13 will be used to unveil a draft feasibility report and Environmental Impact Report for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work to deepen channels and add a new channel and turning basin in the Port of Long Beach.

Anticipating more super-sized liquid bulk and container ships, the Port of Long Beach is preparing to deepen its channels and other waterways over the next several years.

The Army Corps is considering deepening the main channel to 80 feet deep and widen it to 76 feet in places. The project also would deepen approach channels and turning basins, and improve the Pier J breakwaters. A total of 7.4 million cubic yards of sediment could be removed.

It’s going to cost though. The anticipated $150 million harbor deepening project — to be funded jointly by the federal Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agency, and the Port of Long Beach — is still in an early phase of feasibility studies. Construction is expected to occur from 2024-27.

Next door neighbor, The Port of Los Angeles finished a 10-year, $370 million Main Channel depending project in 2013. That project deepened the L.A. Port’s main navigational channel and turning basis to accommodate the bigger vessels calling from around the world. There have been some at-berth dredging projects also since then.

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