San Juan Harbor, PR (C)

April 2022


San Juan Harbor, PR (C)
Construction (C)
Congressional District: Puerto Rico


San Juan Harbor is the island’s principal port, handling over 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s non-petroleum waterborne commerce and is the only harbor on the north coast affording protection in all types of weather. Over 13 million tons of waterborne commerce now moves through the harbor annually. Projecting current growth rates, annual cargo movements should exceed 15 million tons by the year 2004. As a result of ship simulation studies, widening the inner harbor channels of Army, Puerto Nuevo, and Graving Dock was reduced 100 feet from their authorized width of 450 feet to 350 feet. Although the principle project depth will remain 40 feet, the Bar Channel will be deepened from its previously authorized 48 foot depth to steeped depths from 56 feet in the ocean to 49 feet at its intersection with Anegado Channel.  Deepening of the Cruise Ship Basin, Anchorage Area "E", and San Antonio Channel were deferred.


Estimated Total Cost $61,800,000
Estimated Federal Cost $46,200,000
Allocation thru FY21 $46,801,000
Allocation for FY22 $0
President’s Budget FY23 $0



Puerto Rico Ports Authority
P.O. Box 362829
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-2829


The Corps issued a contract solicitation in FY15 but received no proposals. The mitigation was also included as an option in the FY16 O&M dredging contract however proposals exceeded the 902 Limit. The current plan is for the mitigation to be achieved as part of the Condado Lagoon Section 1122 Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Pilot Project. The Section 1122 restoration plan proposes the placement of suitable dredged material from the San Juan Harbor Navigation Project and an adjacent borrow area. This action is expected to be included in the construction contract for the San Juan Harbor Improvements authorized by WRDA 2018, which is scheduled for award in Nov 2022.

satellite photo of San Juan Harbor