The latest updates and stories from the Port of Coos Bay.
Join us for the 29th annual Charleston Seafood, Beer and Wine Festival on Oregon’s Adventure Coast! The event will take place August 9, 10 and 11 at the Charleston Marina, located at 63534 Kingfisher Road in Charleston, Oregon.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to welcome Jake Jacobs to serve as the new Director of Infrastructure Support Services. This position is new to the Port, and will entail oversight of procurement processes, contract management, grant management, and overseeing the Project Management Department.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to welcome Brandon Collura as the new Harbormaster overseeing the Charleston Marina Complex. Brandon moved to the area from Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he previously worked as the director of a marina for the last seven years, managing daily operations.
The Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL) has concluded repair and rehabilitation work on 37 timber bridge structures along the CBRL. The rail line is owned and operated by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port). The Port contracted with Scott Partney Construction to complete work on the bridges. The last phase of the project will be final inspection by the Port’s contracted bridge engineering firm, Stantec Inc.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to award three scholarships to local graduating seniors pursuing educational advancement at an Oregon trade school, community college, or university. These scholarships reflect the Port’s dedication in supporting the growth and development of Oregon’s South Coast regional economy by encouraging the workforce of tomorrow.
The annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27th.
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) reopens the Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge after a year of closure due to structural failure. Rail traffic will commence immediately. The Coos Bay Swing Span bridge has now been successfully opened to rail traffic. The bridge will undergo testing and adjustments over the next several days. The first order of business will be to move about 25 rail cars that are currently in Coos Bay to the north side of the bridge on Friday April 26th and normal rail service will be restored to shippers south of the bridge early next week.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay advises the public that rail activities have resumed. The Coos Bay Rail Line south of the Coos Bay Swing Span bridge is active and this includes maintenance vehicles, rail locomotives and rail cars. The Port reminds the public to stay safe and stay clear from railroad tracks. It is dangerous and prohibited.
The Port and our engineering consultants have completed an analysis of the failure and are finalizing a construction plan to get the bridge back in working order. At this point, we are expecting a three-month time frame to conclude the repairs needed to get the bridge back to operational status.
The Charleston community invites seafood lovers to celebrate fresh and delicious Coos Bay oysters at the 14th annual Charleston “Ahh Shucks!” Oyster Feed on Saturday, April 27th. The celebration starts at noon and goes until 4 p.m. at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) Dining Hall, located at 63466 Boat Basin Road in Charleston. This yearly celebration runs in conjunction with Oregon Oyster Week and is hosted by the Charleston Community Enhancement Corporation.
This year’s deadline to have names engraved on the Charleston Fishermen’s Memorial at Charleston Marina is April 1st. Names may be engraved after review by members of the memorial committee. To add a name to the memorial, the person must have commercially fished out of the Charleston or Coos Bay area for a minimum of three years. Applications to add names to the memorial are available at the Charleston Marina Office, 63534 Kingfisher Road.
The Port of Coos Bay will award two $500 scholarships to local graduating seniors who are pursuing educational advancement at an Oregon trade school, community college, or university. The Port has also released a new community giving process.
Throughout 2018, developments in each of the Port’s three business arms; Rail, Maritime and the Charleston Marina have served to further our mission to promote sustainable development that enhances the economy of southwest Oregon and the State. I am confident that 2019 will yield new and exciting opportunities for our Port community. We have a quest for quality and will strive to maximize visibility that we believe improves efficiency. As a primary economic driver for the region and state, we are firmly committed to the strong continuation of ongoing projects and initiating new economic development activities.
‘Crack Up’ fresh Oregon Dungeness Crab from Charleston at the North Bend Community Center on Saturday, February 9th! The Charleston fishing village is bringing Oregon’s fresh Dungeness crab harvest to YOU at the 35th Annual Charleston Merchants Crab Feed this year.
Abandoned and derelict vessels are a problem for many U.S. harbors, bays, and shorelines. Sunken, stranded, and decrepit vessels are not only an eyesore, but also hazards to navigation. Additionally, these vessels can pose significant threats to natural resources.Disposal of these vessels often falls on the shoulders of Port Authorities throughout the United States.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to announce the award of a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant to support rehabilitation of 15 bridge structures along the Coos Bay Rail Line. The Coos Bay Rail Line, owned and operated by the Port, is a 134-mile short line railroad which runs throughout Coos, Douglas, and Lane Counties supporting the regional and state economy.
The Charleston Marina will be conducting maintenance dredging in the Charleston Marina channel and Inner Basin beginning approximately December 17th, 2018.
A service interruption occurred along the Coos Bay rail line between Reedsport and Lakeside, Oregon, on the evening of November 27th, 2018 resulting in a temporary service outage on the south end of the rail line.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) announces that its subsidiary, Coos Bay Rail Line, Inc. (CBRL) will start train operations on the Port owned rail line effective November 1, 2018. The Port was notified by the current third-party operator in December of 2017 of its intention to divest their relationship with the Port. To date the Port has purchased locomotives along with other materials valued at $4 million. In addition, the Port has 15 new staff members that will manage the operations on a day to day basis.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is delighted at the passage of HR 5895, providing nearly $7 million in funding for maintenance of the federal navigation channel and associated infrastructure of the Coos Bay Harbor.
This weekend, the Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL) welcomes the Pacific Railcar Operators (PRO) on the line. PRO is a nonprofit corporation that provides railcar excursion coordinators a safe, legal and professional environment for sponsoring excursions on the North American railroads. PRO invites the public to come to the Oregon Coast Historical Railway Museum on Saturday afternoon to see and learn more about speeders and railroading.
On November 21, 2018, Representative Peter DeFazio announced more than $34 million in additional funding was allocated to Oregon Ports by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). About $9.7 million was allocated to the Coos Bay to cover projects, including dredging River Mile (RM) 12 to 15 of the Coos Bay River. This section spans from the Oregon Chip terminal to the Georgia Pacific Sawmill site and has not been maintained since 2010. This stretch of the channel needs to be dredged to restore deep draft vessel access to existing and future industries in the upper bay.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and the North Bay Fire District recently partnered to provide local fire training. North Bay Fire conducted training at the former fish farm facility located on the north spit of Coos Bay.
Oregon Dungeness Crab is the biggest commercial fishery on the Southern Oregon Coast and is a unique commodity. It’s economic impact on the South Coast and the various ways individuals and families can enjoy this Oregon delicacy cannot be understated. You can get a taste of this delicacy at the 35th Annual Charleston Crab Feed coming up on February 9th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the North Bend Community Center where the Charleston Merchants will be serving up fresh Oregon Dungeness Crab meals, homemade desserts and have great prize drawings!
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