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Fernandina Harbor FL - Kings Bay (O&M)

March 2018


Fernandina Harbor - Kings Bay (O&M)

Operations & Maintenance

Congressional Districts: 4


Kings Bay O&M project consists of the Entrance Channel (EC) and Inner Channel (IC). The authorized military project coincides with the authorized Civil Works Fernandina Harbor project. The EC consists of two stone jetties at the harbor entrance, a north jetty 19,150 feet long and south jetty 11,200 feet long. The project provides for a channel 46 feet deep from the ocean to the junction of Lanceford Ck. with Amelia R., 400 feet wide below Calhoun St. in the city of Fernandina, and generally 300 feet wide above; and for widening the channel at the first bend above Lanceford Ck. to 800 feet to form a turning basin. The EC was deepened to 46 feet in FY88 in connection with the King's Bay Trident Submarine Base at King's Bay. The IC consists of dredging Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay area. The IC was deepened to 44 feet in 1985 to accommodate for the Trident submarines. Non-beach quality material for EC will be placed in the Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) and beach quality material placed on Fernandina Beach. Non-beach quality material for IC will be placed in one of four Dredge Material Management Areas (DMMA) Crab Island, Mainside (D/A-M, D/A-1, or D/A-2). Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is located in Camden County, Georgia adjacent to the town of St. Marys and across from Fernandina, Nassau County, FL.


KBEC Allocation for FY18 (Navy) $34,800,000
Fernandina Harbor President’s Budget FY19  $21,100,000 

KBIC Allocation for FY18 (Navy) $12,416,000
President’s Budget FY19 $15,659,000


US NAVY Kings Bay Commander
Naval Submarine Base
Kings Bay, GA 31547-9999



Fernandina Harbor is dredged annually and has historically been cost shared between the Navy and Corps (70% and 30% respectively). Due to the lack of Federal O&M funding for this effort, maintenance dredging is being funded 100% with Navy funding.  Two contracts are issued for the maintenance of Kings Bay due to the type of dredges used in each application. Entrance Channel dredge uses a hopper dredge and has environmental windows for sea turtles and migratory birds. Inner Channel uses a cutter suction dredge. FY18 contract for Entrance Channel will be physically completed in March 2016. FY18 contract for Inner Channel will be awarded in April 2018 and be completed in August 2018.

Non-beach quality material will be placed in the Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) and beach quality material placed on Fernandina Beach, Florida and/ or Fort Clinch Park, Florida. This project returns the channel to its authorized dimensions and allows for the safe passage of Trident Submarines into King's Bay Trident Submarine Base from the Atlantic Ocean.

                                                                                          Fernandina Harbor Kings Bay Operations and Maintenance Project Map