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 2016. Approximately 285,000 CY were maintenance dredged and placed at upland permitted sites. Prior maintenance dredging cycle included the critically shoaled areas in the Port Newark Pierhead channel in December 2015. Approximately 250,000 CY were maintenance dredged and placed at upland permitted sites.
STATUS: Continuing to monitor channel conditions and complete plans ans specs for the next maintenance dredging contract award in FY2018. Maintenance dredging of critically shoaled areas was last completed in December 2016.
CONTACT: Edward Wrocenski, Project Manager, (917)790-8636
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federa1 Plaza, New York, NY 10278
District Area: NJ #13