Port Everglades has received unanimous approval on its 20-Year Master/Vision Plan Update from Broward County, featuring a lengthened ship turn-around area, new cargo berths and cranes.
The Board of County Commissioners approved the plan, updated from 2014, which is a comprehensive blueprint for five, ten and 20 years of development and capital improvements.
Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness said: “This 20-Year Master/Vision Plan update is comprehensive and strategically paves the way for future growth and progress at Port Everglades. Cruise, cargo and fuel operations generate billions of dollars of economic activity and creates thousands of jobs and personal income.
“It also offers tremendous opportunities for small businesses to grow and prosper here in Broward County and throughout the world. The port remains very successful, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The plan updates and identifies 50 projects, of which nearly half will be completed or underway in the next five to ten years.
These include the Southport Turning Notch Extension, already under construction, which will lengthen the current ship turn-around area from 900 ft to 2400 ft to add new cargo berths and crane rail infrastructure. This is the largest construction project in the port’s history at US$471m.
In addition to three new super post-Panamax container cranes currently being manufactured, and due to be delivered and operational by the end of this year, the port has an option to buy three more of the same cranes.
The US Army Corps of Engineers Harbour Navigation Improvement Project to deepen and widen the channels received Congressional Authorisation in 2016. In February 2020, the first phase of the project was included in the US Army Corps of Engineers FY2020 Work Plan to receive US$29.1m in federal funding to widen the Intracoastal Waterway and reconfigure the US Coast Guard station east of its current location.
Other notable projects include the completion of an international logistics centre on 17 acres of port land to replace the port’s outdated foreign trade zone facility and the addition of more cold storage to help with perishable transport.
Renovations to four cruise terminals and the addition of a finger pier to increase the port’s capacity for the future’s larger cruise ships are also part of the plan.