Port of Coos Bay Annual Report 2017/18


There is a significant need in Oregon for increased maritime import and export capabilities. A recent study conducted by the State of Oregon estimates that annually, the equivalent minimum of 38,170 40-foot containers of goods are exported from the mid and southern Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, and the Oregon coast to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. This means Oregon goods must first travel out of state by truck or rail to reach international markets.   Agricultural and natural resource based industries in Oregon are struggling to move their goods to world markets in a timely and cost-efficient manner. International shipping markets are continuously evolving, which presents competitive challenges in maritime commerce.   These challenges present an opportunity to examine the needs of Oregon’s current import and export markets.


As one of two internationally designated ports in the state of Oregon, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is poised for upcoming opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. Growing demand for rail and waterborne cargo drives efforts to improve and develop infrastructure to meet market demands. The Port is active in both international and domestic trade and a major center for wood product exports. The Port holds over 2,200 acres of land and is laying the groundwork to develop a state-of-the-art maritime terminal. Coos Bay offers a centralized location on the west coast of the United States, as well as a full multi-modal transportation system including:

  • The largest deep draft coastal harbor between San Francisco and the Puget Sound

  • Rail access via the Coos Bay Rail Line to Class I connecting to the national railway network in Eugene

  • Located along the scenic HWY 101 north-south corridor, with east-west connections to I-5 via Oregon Highways 126, 36, and 42

  • Freight, passenger, and private air service through the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay delivers the efficiency, flexibility, and customer service you need to move cargo within state, country and globe.

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The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is proposing to deepen and widen the Federal navigation channel at Coos Bay.  The Port is currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete final engineering and design of the project.  This Channel Modification will expand the existing channel from -37’ depth and 300’ width to -45’ depth and 450’ width from the channel entrance to river mile 8.2.  The channel modification project is instrumental in facilitating future economic development in Oregon and will better accommodate the growing global fleet. 

Over the past decade, maritime freight transportation has trended towards larger and larger ships, resulting in the need for wider and deeper navigation channels globally. Modification of Coos Bay’s channel will provide multiple opportunities for economic development in southwestern Oregon. The increased width and depth will accommodate larger cargo vessels access to berths and terminals and increase the efficiency of port operations. The Port’s vision is to foster a stable, diversified, and healthy regional economy. A properly maintained channel reduces the cost of transporting goods to and from international markets and improves competitiveness for U.S. goods.

Together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the Port is completing an Environmental Impact Statement as a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. USACE initiated the Environmental Scoping in the Fall of 2017 for the Port's proposed Channel Modification project. USACE and the Port hosted scoping meetings and invited the public to comment on the project.

The Channel Modification Project will improve the channel for existing shippers, as well as create infrastructure to support future developments in the Coos Bay Harbor. Upcoming development of the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal has the potential to increase the volume travelling through the Port by an estimated 475 percent.



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The Port supports the Jordan Cove natural gas liquefaction and export terminal in Coos County which will serve overseas markets around the Pacific Rim. Natural gas will be delivered to the terminal by pipeline from the Malin hub located in southern Oregon. This facility will produce 7.8 million tons per annum increasing priority for the Port in regular dredging maintenance and increasing vessel calls to 170 per year . The Jordan Cove LNG will contribute to the economic health of the region, providing over 6,000 family-wage construction jobs and 200 family-wage permanent jobs after construction completion.