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Port Canaveral obtains approval for construction of multi-purpose berth

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The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners have given a proposed multi-purpose cargo berth at Port Canaveral the green light. According to the port, commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with the construction of a new North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) to accommodate a growing cargo portfolio that includes commercial spacecraft components. 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.

“We are experiencing the highest demand for bulkhead space in the history of our Port. Prudent development of cargo sites to maximise 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-ft seawall and planned 100-ft pier extension will be capable of handling an 850-ft ship. The berth will be constructed with a 2000 lbs/ ft2, 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 US$17.9 million 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.

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