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Value to the Nation: Coastal Navigation Fast Facts

VTN Fast Facts mapNavigation is USACE's earliest Civil Works mission, dating back to 1824 when Federal laws authorized and funded USACE to improve safety on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and several ports. USACE provides safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems (channels, harbors, and waterways) for movement of commerce, national security needs, and recreation. Activities in the Civil Works Navigation Program include planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and further improving navigation channels, locks and dams.

The latest Coastal Navigation Fast Facts data available is for 2020. Reports can be selected by national, project, USACE Division, or USACE District level.

Coastal Navigation Fast Facts Reports

Select 2020 Coastal Navigation Fast Facts Reports from the USACE Digital Library collections:

You can select an individual report, or go to a collection of reports. For a list of all reports in a collection, for example, in the project report collection, select "All Project Reports".

How these numbers were calculated.

Coastal Navigation Benefits in Perspective

For the purposes of the Value to the Nation effort, navigation infrastructure has been subdivided into three primary categories: Inland, Coastal, and Great Lakes. Coastal navigation infrastructure refers to improved (widened, deepened) channels that are directly connected to the ocean. The majority of coastal navigation infrastructure features deep-draft ports, which are greater than 14 feet of draft. Coastal deep-draft navigation infrastructure typically pertains to coastal ports and harbors engaged in international trade. In most cases, it is also associated with the distribution of internationally traded goods to multiple US coastal ports and harbors, such as Miami and New York.

The primary National Economic Development (NED) benefit of USACE coastal deep-draft navigation infrastructure is the transportation cost savings realized from the more efficient use of existing and larger vessels. Specific transportation savings may result from the use of larger vessels, more efficient use of large vessels, more efficient use of existing vessels, reductions in transit time, lower cargo handling and tug assistance costs, reduced interest and storage costs such as from an extended navigation season, and the use of water transportation rather than an alternative land mode.