On Thursday, July 21, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners and staff broke ground on the port’s latest infrastructure enhancement project, the construction of a mini-slip at its southernmost berth. The project will add/replace 376 feet of seawall and accommodate vessels up to 300 feet in length.
The Berth 17 Expansion and Infrastructure Improvement Project will include the demolition and removal of existing bulkhead, seawall construction along with utility, drainage and pavement improvements. The project is to cost approximately $10,000,000.
“The construction of this mini-slip will allow the port to significantly diversify its operational profile and revenue stream, adding space for another user to operate at the port 365 days a year,” explains Port of Palm Beach Chairman Wayne M. Richards. “Over the past 12 months, the port saw over $5 billion worth of imported and exported product move through its piers. By continuously investing in infrastructure expansion and improvements such as Berth 17, the port enables local businesses the opportunity to increase capacities and revenues.”
Richards continues, “We are proud to contribute to the success of our business partners, because at the end of the day, their success directly impacts the health of our surrounding community.”
Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira states, “ We are taking an area of the Port that previously had little use and making it into a very productive area. There will be little or no interruption of service for any tenants during the project’s term. Once complete, the project will allow for daily loading and unloading of cargo via Ro-Ro (roll on/Roll off) ramp. The expansion of the berth is projected to produce an additional volume of approximately 14,000 TEUs, valued at approximately $8,800,000, per year to begin, with annual increases.”
The construction notice to proceed was issued on July 5, 2016.
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