A new multi-purpose cargo berth at Port Canaveral was given the green light at the Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting this week.
Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with building a new North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) to accommodate a growing cargo portfolio that includes commercial spacecraft components, reported the Port.
The landside and waterside investment on the Port’s north side will provide the infrastructure and flexibility needed to meet an increased demand for diversified cargo handling capabilities at the Port.
“Prudent development of cargo sites to maximize their use is critically important to meet the growing needs of today, while building our capabilities for the future,” explained Port CEO Captain John Murray. “This new multi-purpose berth will enhance our ability to manage cargo opportunities being driven by the rapid economic growth in Central Florida.”
The 900-foot seawall and planned 100-foot pier extension will be capable of handling an 850-foot ship. The berth will be constructed with a 2,000 lbs. per-square-foot capacity, a necessary requirement for handling aerospace cargo and other heavy project cargo. The berth will be dredged to a depth of -35 ft (MLLW).
Orion Marine Group of Tampa, Florida has been awarded a $17.9 million dollar contract for construction of the bulkhead and seawall, relieving platform and dredging.
Construction is expected to begin in March 2018 with a scheduled completion of the entire project targeted for mid-2019.