Port Manatee Gains Approval for Expansion

Manatee County Port Authority

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Manatee County Port Authority approved a construction contract for an $8.3 million project to nearly double the size of Port Manatee’s dockside container yard.

The port is located in Palmetto, Fla.

Expansion of the container yard is targeted for completion in June 2021. The site is expected to add 9.3 acres to the existing 10 acres adjoining Port Manatee’s Berth 12 and 14 docks.

“The expansion project is a cornerstone of the two-year, $38 million capital enhancement initiative underway at Port Manatee,” Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director, said in a release.

The construction contract with Crisdel Group Inc. of Tampa is for $7.8 million, with that amount equally divided between port funds and a Florida Department of Transportation grant. Engineering work is being completed under a separate $413,578 contract with Stantec, also of Tampa.

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The project includes paving, drainage infrastructure and high-mast lighting, as well as the installation of 150 new electrical receptacles for plugging in refrigerated cargo containers, to bring Port Manatee’s total contingent of such reefer plugs to 600.

Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavy-lift, project and general cargo customers.

The self-sustaining port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact while providing for more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs, all without benefit of local property tax support. — Transport Topics

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