Florida’s Port Everglades has received unanimous approval from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to begin a USD 437.5 million expansion project to add new berths for larger cargo ships and install crane rail infrastructure for new Super Post-Panamax cranes.
The Southport Turning Notch Expansion (STNE) project will lengthen the existing deepwater turn-around area for cargo ships from approximately 900 feet to 2,400 feet, which will allow for up to five new cargo berths.
The existing gantry crane rails will be extended to the full length of the extended Turning Notch berth to utilize the existing cranes.
A separate agreement to purchase three new Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes, to be delivered in 2019, and an option to purchase two or three additional cranes, will be presented to the Broward County Commission in June.
“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,” said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director.
This two-part expansion project is the most expensive capital improvement agreement awarded in Port Everglades’ history.
A joint venture of Moss & Associates and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. has been named the managing general contractor for the STNE and Southport Crane Infrastructure Improvements project.
Port Everglades is Florida’s leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs annually and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.