After more than 20 years, the Port of Hueneme recently finished its long-awaited harbor deepening project.
The $10.4 million project, conceived in 1999 by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project feasibility study, deepens the port’s berth areas from 35 feet to 40 feet and allows for more efficient cargo movement. The 390,000 cubic yards of sand dredged was repurposed for the beach.
“This is a historical day for the port as we are finally realizing the completion of a vision by the port, the board and our many partners,” said port CEO and Director Kristin Decas. “The ongoing modernization of our port and harbor creates ladders of opportunity for our community, creating local jobs and access to a better quality of life through global trade.”
The project was funded with $3.6 million from the Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District and $6.8 million total from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Base Ventura County.
“The Corps is excited about the completion of this important deepening project in collaboration with the Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District and the U.S. Navy,” said Col. Julie Balten, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District. “This project will enable the port to accommodate larger vessels, which support not only our nation’s economy, but also our national defense.”