The Port of Redwood City has been awarded nearly $8 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to advance a dredging project at the port.
Dredging is the practice of excavating underwater to allow adequate room for cargo ships to transport goods to and from the Port of Redwood City, the only deep-water port in the South Bay. It is important to the Port and region’s economic vitality, Port officials said in a statement Thursday.
“The funding of the channel dredging and federal investment into our region is great news for the Port of Redwood City, providing certainty that the Port continues to secure and expand maritime activities in the future,” Lorianna Kastrop, Port Commission chair, said in the statement.
Dredging “also supports personal water recreation use in and around the Redwood Creek Channel,” Kastrop added.
“We thank the United States Army Corps of Engineers and our Congressional delegation, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, for their continued leadership and focus on the Port’s strategic long-term priorities to help further our position as a leading west-coast foreign trade agency,” she said.
The Port said it recently recorded its best year in history, generating $8.6million in revenue and over 2.3 million metric tons of cargo moving across the Port docks.