New York District Header Image


Home > Missions > Navigation > New York & New Jersey Harbor > Arthur Kill Deepening

Arthur Kill Deepening

Arthur Kill Channel Deepening

Deepening the Arthur Kill Channel is part of the overall New York & New Jersey Harbor Deepening $1.6 billion project to deepen certain Federal Navigation channels to 50 feet in order to allow the safe and economically efficient passage of the newest container ships serving the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The Arthur Kill Channel between the New York Container Terminal, Staten Island, N.Y. and Elizabeth, N.J. is currently being deepened to allow large ships to safely navigate to reach the New York Container Terminal - a critical component in providing safe navigation access to the port and a significant component of the broader effort of the Army Corps' navigation channel deepening project crucial for modern-day container ships fully loaded to navigate safely.

The project provides for deepening the existing Arthur Kill Channel from its confluence with the Kill Van Kull Channel to the New York Container Terminal (NYCT) in Staten Island, New York, and to 40 feet MLW from the New York Container Terminal (NYCT) to the Conoco Phillips (Tosco) Oil Terminal and GATX facilities in New Jersey and New York.

The S-AK-3 contract was completed in the summer of 2014 and transitioned from the Corps' construction to O&M program.

The Arthur Kill 40 foot channel deepening contract was awarded in December 2014 with construction to occur in 2015.  This contract will provide for more efficient transit to and from the Phillips 66 refinery located in Linden, New Jersey.  Construction may involve drilling and blasting of shale bedrock, in deepening the existing 35 foot channel to 40 feet.

The deepening of the Arthur Kill Channel will be the final milestone achieved in the overall Harbor Deepening Project. 

The project goal is to complete the 50 foot deepening and turn over to an established dredging maintenance program, the same year the wider, deeper Panama Canal will accommodate the larger ships.  Using the expanded Panama Canal with a 50-foot draft will also reduce the CO2 footprint per Twenty-foot Equivalent units (TEUs).

Once the navigation channels are deepened, the discipline of maintenance begins. To ensure the uninterrupted flow of commerce, planned dredging of navigation channels, berthing piers and anchorage areas must continue because fine-grained waterborne sediment settle and accumulate on the bottom of waterways, causing shoaling which interferes with safe navigation.

Video: NY and NJ Harbor Deepening Project Comprehensive overview

Arthur Kill Channel Deepening Contract Information (12/2014)

Arthur Kill Channel Contract Area (12/2014)

Arthur Kill Channel Noise and Vibration Reports