Charleston Ice Plant Scheduled Reopening in August

Progress on the Charleston Ice Plant is continuing. Oregon International Port of Coos Bay officials have planned a reopening in August. The Port immediately began work to restore access to ice following a catastrophic fire in that destroyed the former facility in late December of 2019. The Charleston Marina serves as the third largest commercial fishing hub in the State of Oregon.

In 2019, over 18.6 million pounds of fish and shellfish were landed with a value of more than $28.6 million according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Access to commercial grade flake ice is critical to the pacific whiting, shrimp, and squid fisheries. The facility will have increased ice making and storage capacity. To cover costs of the new facility that are in excess of insurance coverage, the Port has secured Special Public Works Fund and Port Revolving Loan Fund loans through Business Oregon totaling $6 million.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 and is filed under Local News.