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Port Modernization: Canaveral, San Diego

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Canaveral Port Authority Approves Construction of New Multi-Purpose Berth
Port Canaveral is building a new North Cargo Berth 8 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. 
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.
Port of San Diego Celebrates Beginning of Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Modernization Project
The Port of San Diego celebrated the start of a $24 million public works project that will modernize its Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
Referred to as the Modernization, the project will remove two obsolete warehouses and create much-needed laydown area for larger project cargo. It will also include improvements to utilities, new lighting and pavement. Also as part of the project, new modular office space, utility enclosures and restrooms will be added, as well as on-dock rail improvements.
The Modernization is the first phase of a larger, market-driven project that supports the Port of San Diego’s specialty cargo advantage by providing laydown space and flexibility for each cargo type. The long-term redevelopment plan envisions three distinct cargo nodes within the existing footprint of the terminal and is focused on project and break-bulk cargo, refrigerated containers and dry bulk cargo.
The port successfully competed for a $10 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund the first phase of the Modernization. The Port will match the grant with a $14 million contribution.

Based on identified cargo volume increases and other triggers, the project will also facilitate implementation of the long-term redevelopment plan that includes innovative technologies to help safeguard the environment around the terminal. Zero and near-zero emission freight equipment will be implemented at the terminal over the next 20 years and an emission-capturing bonnet system is planned to capture harmful pollutants for vessels that are unable to use shore power while at berth.


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