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FACT SHEET-Hudson River Channel, NY (40 Ft.)

Maintenance Dredging

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Dec. 20, 2023

DESCRIPTION: The existing federal navigation project of New York and New Jersey maintains the following channels:

A channel 45 feet deep (MLW), suitably widened at bends, from deep water in Upper New York Bay to West 40th Street, Manhattan, and thence 48 feet deep, 2,000 feet wide to 59th Street. This Channel is about 6 miles long.

A channel 40 feet deep for the full width of the river, extending from deep water in Upper New York Bay of Ellis Island to West 59th Street, Manhattan. This channel is about 6 miles long.

A channel 30 feet deep, 750 feet wide, along the Weehawken - Edgewater (NJ) waterfront. This channel is approximately five miles long.

AUTHORIZATION: Authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1913 and subsequently modified by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1917 and 1937.

COMMERCE: 11,973,145 tons of cargo is transported through this channel (2021 Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC)). This deep-draft high use channel serves the NYC Passenger Ship Terminal, from which 12 cruise lines serve over 887,000 passengers per year (P&O Ports). Cruise Industry contributes about $800 Million to NYS economy. Aircraft carriers and visiting foreign vessels periodically use the channel.

BACKGROUND:  Previously funds were used to prepare the Hudson River Channel and adjacent berthing areas for the return of the museum ship and regional operations center, USS Intrepid from its rehabilitation berth in Staten Island in accordance with 2008 Defense Appropriations Act. On October 2, 2008, this was accomplished.

STATUS: During FY2024, funding will provide for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work including monitoring of the channel shoaling conditions, coordination with the users and stakeholders and production of an annual hydrographic condition survey, and publication of the Controlling Depth Report on the District’s website below, is also scheduled for FY2024. https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/


William T. Bruno

Asset / Project Manager

P: (917) 790-8516

Email: William.Bruno@usace.army.mil

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

26 Federal Plaza

New York, NY 10278  


District Area: NY #10, 12, 13 and NJ #5, 8