US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

San Juan Harbor Improvement Study, PR (I)

March 2018


San Juan Harbor Improvement Study, PR (I)

Investigations (I)

Congressional Districts: Puerto Rico


San Juan Harbor is located in the north coast of Puerto Pico and is the Island’s principal port. The majority of the commonwealth’s waterborne cargo and cruise ships pass through San Juan Harbor. The harbor currently suffers from shipping inefficiencies due to limited channel width and safety restrictions which do not allow for two-way traffic. Certain sizes of container and cargo vessels cannot exit the port through the Graving Dock area due to limited depth and width and have to turn and transit by the Army Terminal creating delays with incoming ships using the same channels. Cruise ship docking has also reached its full capacity. The study will assess the feasibility of implementing harbor improvements such as deepening and/or widening the channels.


Estimated Total Cost  $3,000,000
Estimated Federal Cost   $2,000,000
Allocation thru FY17   $1,630,000
Allocation for FY18 $400,000
President’s Budget FY19 $0


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


The Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement (FCSA) was executed on 16 September 2015. A Planning Charrete and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Meeting was held November 2015. Ship simulation and resource surveys were completed. Agency Decision Milestone meeting was held on 25 January 2018. Chief’s Report is scheduled for 14 Sep 2018.

     San Juan Harbor Improvement Study Puerto Rico project map