The winning bid the bid for the Phases VIIA and VIII terminal in the Southport area came in at US$12.3m including contingencies. Up to half the cost will be covered by Florida state grants.
The terminal is expected to be completed by early 2010. The scope of work includes earthwork (site clearing and preloading), installation of water, sewer, and storm drainage systems, paving, electrical (high mast lighting system) and fencing. This project cargo yard will enlarge acreage at Port Everglades by 15%.
The new terminal is part of Port Everglades’ Master/Vision Plan, which also envisions near-dock rail capability. Containerised traffic volumes reached records highs at Port Everglades in FY 2007/08 of 6.58m tons and 985,095 teu. Since FY 2002, the port’s containerised cargo volume has increased by 92% and the teu count has almost doubled.