Accession Number : ADA319498

Title :   Richmond Harbor, Contra Costa County, CA.; Navigation Improvement Project General Design Memorandum.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAN FRANCISCO CA SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT

PDF Url : ADA319498

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 540

Abstract : The Richmond Harbor Navigation Improvement Project located in Richmond, California, will create a safe navigation channel of sufficient depth for modern bulk carriers scheduled to use the Port's terminal facilities. The project area includes a channel extending from the Long Wharf Maneuvering Area through the Richmond Entrance Channel, the Potreto Reach and Sharp Turn with a turning basin at Point Potreto, the Inner Harbor, and the Santa Fe Channel. Furthermore, the existing 35-foot-deep channel has sharp turns that are increasingly difficult for large vessels to navigate, especially against strong winds, waves and currents, at night and under foggy conditions. The recommended plan for navigation improvement would deepen the existing 4.0 nautical miles of the Richmond Harbor channel from 35 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) to 38 feet MLLW. The plan includes a new 1,200-foot turning basin at the Potreto Sharp. The Corps proposed a two-phase channel improvement plan to meet the Port's present and future needs, while avoiding the expenditure of funds before the full dimensions of the project are required. The recommended Phase I of the project, is designed for bulk vessels (38 feet MLLW), while Phase 2 will be designed for containerships (41 feet MLLW). Construction of Phase 2 has been deferred indefinitely.

Descriptors :   *WATER TRAFFIC, *CHANNELS(WATERWAYS), *COURSE INDICATORS, MANEUVERABILITY, FOG, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, CALIFORNIA, PIERS, AIR QUALITY, WATER QUALITY, ENDANGERED SPECIES, DREDGED MATERIALS, DREDGING, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, HARBORS, BOAT AND SHIP SAFETY, OCEAN BASINS, SURFACE NAVIGATION, PORTS(FACILITIES), CONTAINERSHIPS, TRANSPORT SHIPS, NOISE MODULATION, WATER ANALYSIS, MARINE TERMINALS, SEDIMENTOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
      Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance
      Civil Engineering

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