Planning & Harbor Development
Designs for Your Port's Future
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Harbor Development Information
The Harbor Development department plans for and manages maintenance and modifications of navigation channel systems, including the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the 50-foot channel, linking the Port of Baltimore with the Atlantic Ocean. The staff projects annual dredging requirements, identifies placement site locations, performs feasibility studies, provides engineering and design, and produces plans and specifications.
It manages channel and dredged material placement site construction contracts and manages operations of dredged material placement sites. Moreover, it coordinates dredging and placement projects with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, provides dredged material placement site capacity for private sector maritime businesses, and manages contracts for monitoring of dredging and placement operations.
develops and implements planning projects, including short-range
action plans that identify, prioritize, and schedule modifications
to keep the channels safe and capable of handling the largest ships.
It develops long-range plans that compare current channel
capabilities to future maritime shipping needs and designs major modifications
such as deepening and widening of a channel system to meet those shipping needs.
Moreover, Harbor Development develops 20-year plans that estimate
dredging needs and dredged material placement requirements and
schedules construction and operation of placement options to meet
the projected dredging needs, including private sector placement
needs for Baltimore Harbor.
Harbor Development also creates action plans and coordinates activities of federal and state agencies, pilots, and others to implement evaluations and changes in the navigation systems serving the Port of Baltimore. Aspects of navigation systems include range lights, buoys, digital global positioning system (DGPS), water level predicting systems, and the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS), which enable pilots to use maximum possible ship drafts for cargo.