Support for Others

The Corps of Engineers navigation mission focuses on providing safe, reliable, efficient, effective, and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems (i.e. channels, harbors, and waterways) for movement of commerce, national security needs and recreation.  The Corps primary navigation responsibilities include planning and constructing new navigation channels and locks and dams, and dredging to maintain channel depths at U.S. harbors and on inland waterways.

For over 50 years, the Wilmington District has been supporting American waterways along the east coast of the United States by using innovation and navigation expertise to create environmentally successful solutions to difficult and challenging coastal issues. When requested, and in accordance with national policies, the Wilmington District provides support to other Federal, State, and local agencies with a full range of coastal navigation services that include, but are not limited to, environmental permitting, surveying, geospatial charting, geotechnical analysis, dredging, and marine construction. These solutions are funded on a reimbursable basis.


The Wilmington District has the capabilities and engineering expertise to support and handle complex coastal navigation projects around the region. Our specialized resources are primarily focused on the areas of:

                    Dredging:                                       Commercial contracting capabilities
                                                                            3 Corps owned shallow draft dredges

                    Hydrographic Surveying:             Sidescan sonar

                    Environmental Permitting:           EA/EIS Writing
                                                                            State/Federal Authorizations and Consistencies

                    Marine Construction:                    Dock construction
                                                                            Debris & piling removal

                    Geotechnical Services:                Vibracore collection
                                                                            Sediment sampling

                    Geospatial Mapping:                    GPS collection
                                                                            GIS data creation

                    Topographic Surveying

Where We Have Worked

Wilmington District has provided coastal navigation solutions and support to various Federal, State, and local agencies along the North Carolina coast, as well as areas up and down the Atlantic seaboard.  A few of the District’s featured projects include:

              National Park Service:
                      Assateague Island Sand Mitigation Placement

              North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT): 
                      Hydrographic surveys for Bonner Bridge structural assessment
                      Dredging of Stumpy Point Ferry Terminal channel
                      Hydrographic surveying and dredging of Southport Boat Basin

              North Carolina State Port Authority: 
                      Dredging of State Port Berths and Terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City

              City of Virginia Beach & Corps of Engineers Norfolk District: 
                      Dredging of Rudee Inlet

              United States Coast Guard (USCG): 
                      Dredging Assessment of Station Oak Island, NC
                      Channel and Basin dredging and environmental permitting for Stations Oregon Inlet,
                            Emerald Isle, Wrightsville Beach, and Oak Island, NC
                      Environmental permitting and dredging of USCG channel Walter Slough in Nags Head, NC
                      Hydrographic surveying of port facilities and dredge material disposal assessment at Coast 
                            Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC

              United States Marine Corps (USMC) Camp Lejeune: 
                      Dredging of French Creek and Mile Hammock Bay
                      Construction of upland, diked dredge material placement areas

              Florida Inland Navigation District & State of Florida:
                      Dredging of Daytona Beach Waterway

With its own Corps owned fleet of dredges, Wilmington continues to provide shallow draft dredging, geotechnical sampling, and marine construction support to coastal and navigation projects managed by other Corps of Engineer Districts along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Many of the project areas these vessels have performed work include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •     New England District – Wells Harbor, ME; Green Harbor, MA; Block Island, RI; Clinton Harbor, CT
  •     New York District – Shark River Inlet, NJ; Shrewsbury River, NJ; Toms River, NJ
  •     Philadelphia District – Barnegat Inlet, NJ; Manasquan Inlet, NJ
  •     Baltimore District - Assateague, MD; Ocean City, MD
  •     Norfolk District – Chincoteague Inlet, VA; Rudee Inlet, VA; Lynnhaven Inlet, VA
  •     Charleston District – Town Creek, SC, Charleston, SC, Garden City/Surfside, SC
  •     Jacksonville District – Ponce de Leon Inlet, St Augustine Inlet, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, FL
  •     Galveston District – Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW)

Contact Info

Wilmington District
Chief of Navigation
69 Darlington Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-251-4822

Navigation Support

Disposal Area ConstructionCurrituck Snell Multi-Purpose VesselSnell VibracoreSnell VibracoreBeaufort SurveyingMerritt Side Cast DredgeSnell DredgingDredging and Disposal Area ConstructionCurrituck Loading up HopperCurrituck Empting Hopper