Oregon Delegation Seeks Federal Funding for Port | Local News


Six of Oregon’s seven congressmen will fight to raise funds to help the Port of Coos Bay set up a container facility in Coos Bay.

On Wednesday, federal officials sent a letter to the Pres. Joe Biden, calling for federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to be allocated to support port efforts.

In the letter, lawmakers highlight the importance of investing in the country’s rural ports to address supply chain issues, create jobs and increase economic productivity, and how this project will specifically produce significant environmental benefits.

The letter was signed by Congressman Peter DeFazio, Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader.

“The IIJA includes tens of billions of dollars that can be used to modernize our nation’s port infrastructure,” the delegation wrote. “While your administration strives to identify investments that can have an immediate impact, we must take into account that container flows on the West Coast are expected to grow at a rapid rate in the future. While infrastructure current port is unable to handle this future growth in trade, there is one place where significant port capacity can be added – at Oregon’s international port at Coos Bay. capacity of the West Coast Port immediately by up to 10%.There is simply no other place on the West Coast where this level of additional capacity can be achieved.The fact that the Port of Coos Bay is located in rural location makes this project all the more important. Establishing a world-class port in Coos Bay will create jobs and generate tax revenue in a part of our state that has long suffered from high decline in income from timber harvesting.

“This project also has significant environmental benefits. While other ports in the United States will continue to rely heavily on truck transportation, the Coos Bay facility will be the first ship-to-rail port facility on the West Coast, eliminating trucks from the equation. they sued. “This means additional port capacity without a corresponding increase in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, green electricity generated by renewable energy sources will facilitate the use of electric cargo handling equipment, vehicle charging and shore power. Regarding the latter, the port will be equipped with electrical outlets that will supply the ships at the dock during the unloading process. The use of shore-side electrical power – called cold ironing – will eliminate emissions from ships’ engines in port waters, reducing pollutants by around 90% and greenhouse gas emissions by about 50%.

DeFazio has long worked to make improvements to the port of Coos Bay, with tens of millions of dollars secured in the past two years alone to repair the port’s north pier and to increase dredging in the area.

Years ago, DeFazio and the two U.S. senators worked with the port to secure funds to help the port purchase the Coos Bay rail lines, which were to be retired. The rail line, now wholly owned by the port, is key to making a container facility a possibility in the Coos Bay area.

The Coos Bay International Port has already purchased a property that would house the container facility and is working with the federal delegation to secure the necessary funding and improvements to the port to make the facility possible.


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