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Newark Bay Channels Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance and Stewardship

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published March 5, 2021

DESCRIPTION: Several channels comprise this high-use deep draft asset. The Newark Bay Channels includes the following channels:

 

  1. A main channel, including widening and maneuvering areas, 50 ft. deep, 700 ft. wide to the branch channel at Port Newark, thence 40 ft. deep, 500 ft. wide, to a turning basin at the junction of the Hackensack and Passaic River channels, length about 4.7 miles.
  2. A branch channel at Port Newark (Port Newark Branch Channel) 35 ft. deep, 800 ft. wide, leading to an inshore channel, 400 ft. wide, total length 1.6 miles.
  3. A pierhead channel (Port Newark Pierhead Channel) 200 ft. wide, between the Port Newark and Elizabeth branch channels, length 4,100 ft.
  4. A branch channel (Elizabeth Channel) 50 ft. deep, 500 ft. wide, leading to an inshore channel, 400 ft. wide, total length 1.4 miles.
  5. A pierhead channel (Port Elizabeth Pierhead Channel) 40 ft. deep, 290 f.t wide, between Elizabeth and South Elizabeth branch channels, length 1.1miles.
  6. A branch channel (South Elizabeth Channel) 50 ft. deep, 290 ft. wide and 0.6 mile long

AUTHORIZATION: The Newark Bay Channels were authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1922 and subsequently modified on 1943, 1954, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1985 and Water Resources Development Acts of 1986 and 1990.

COMMERCE: This asset supports deep-draft commercial navigation to the Port of New York and New Jersey. In 2016, approximately 42 million tons of bulk cargo was transported through the approach channels into Port Newark and Port Elizabeth, including 5.5 million tons of petroleum products. Other major commodities include coal, food products, manufactured goods and equipment, vehicles, and crude materials. 

BACKGROUND: Last maintenance dredging cycle included the critically shoaled areas in the Port Newark approach channels in 2020. Approximately 670,000 CY were maintenance dredged and placed at upland permitted sites.  Prior maintenance dredging cycle included the critically shoaled areas in the Port Newark approach channels in 2018. Approximately 285,000 CY were maintenance dredged and placed at upland permitted sites.

STATUS: In FY2021 funds will be for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work including solicitation and award of a maintenance dredging contract in FY21. Funds are also being used for sediment sampling & testing, in preparation for out-year (FY2022 contract award anticipated); production of an annual hydrographic condition survey, and publication of the Controlling Depth Report on the District’s website ( https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/) is also scheduled for FY2021. 

CONTACT:  

Edward Wrocenski
Asset/Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8636                
Email: edward.wrocenski@usace.army.mil                                     
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District                    
26 Federa1 Plaza
New York, NY 10278
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District Area: NJ #13