Port Everglades is set to start a US$437.5m expansion project to add new berths and crane rail infrastructure after receiving unanimous approval from the local county commissioners.
The two-part expansion plan includes construction of up to five new berths to handle larger cargo vessels, and the upgrade of the existing crane rail infrastructure to house new super post-Panamax units.
As part of the Southport Turning Notch Expansion (STNE) project, the port’s existing deep-water turn-around area for cargo vessels will be extended from approximately 900 ft to 2,400ft.
Additionally, the existing gantry crane rails will be expanded to cover the full length of the extended Turning Notch berth.
The port will present the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in June with a separate agreement for the purchase of three new super post-Panamax container gantry cranes scheduled to be delivered in 2019, with an option to buy two or three additional units.
According to a company statement, the two-part project is the most expensive capital improvement agreement in the port’s history.
Steven Cernak, the port’s CEO and port director, said: “The Southport Turning Notch Extension was identified as a critical project in our 2006 Master/Vision Plan.
“We will now be able to meet the demands of our current customers and work with them to grow their businesses, in addition to providing the infrastructure necessary to attract new customers.”