US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Wilmington Harbor

Published Dec. 3, 2012
Wilmington Harbor Project Index Map

Wilmington Harbor Project Index Map

The Wilmington Harbor project extends from the confluence of the Delaware River and the Christina River upstream, a length of about 9.9 miles. It is located 65 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Wilmington Harbor project extends from the confluence of the Delaware River and the Christina River upstream, a length of about 9.9 miles. It is located 65 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  The project extends from the confluence of the Delaware River and the Christina River upstream, a length of about 9.9 miles. It is located 65 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

DESCRIPTION:  The project provides for a channel with depths of 38, 35, 21, 10, and 7 feet from the Delaware River to Newport, DE, a turning basin 2050 feet long, 640 feet wide and 38 feet deep opposite the Wilmington Marine Terminal, and jetties at the mouths of Christina and Brandywine Rivers. The Port of Wilmington is a full service Mid-Atlantic seaport strategically located to provide overnight access to 200 million North American consumers. Wilmington ranks as the world’s top banana port, and the nations leading gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrates. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the region, it is responsible for over 19,000 jobs, $439 million in business revenue impact, and $37 million in regional annual tax revenue. The Port is owned and operated by the Diamond State Port Corporation, a corporation of the State of Delaware . Channel condition surveys, maintenance dredging, and disposal area maintenance and construction activities are conducted on an annual basis pending adequate funding.

STATUS: The annual maintenance dredging for both the 35-foot and 38-foot project channels and turning basin was completed in December of 2018. Approximately 450,000 cubic yards of material was removed.

The following work will be accomplished in FY 2019: Semi-monthly channel condition surveys and issuance of channel statements to the maritime community, disposal area maintenance and construction activities by in house hired-labor group along with leased equipment service contract work and environmental support services.

The annual maintenance-dredging contract for both the 35-foot and 38-foot project channels and turning basin is scheduled to be advertised in May of 2019. Actual dredging should commence in early August 2019 with completion within approximately 30 days.

A partial winter dredging of the outer end of the project from the east end of Berth 1 to its entrance at the Delaware River is scheduled to be accomplished in January of 2020.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides for a channel from the Delaware River to Newport, DE, a turning basin opposite of the Wilmington Marine Terminal, and jetties at the mouths of Christina and Brandywine Rivers.

PROJECT MANAGER: Dan Kelly