Port Manatee Expansion Includes New Berth, New Crane

The Manatee County Port Authority will accept bids through March 22 on a major dredging project at Port Manatee.

The port's new Berth 12 is the final phase of a $200 million project that began in 1999.

The project includes excavation and hydraulic dredging and removal of about 760,000 cubic yards of material. A bid alternate includes dredging and removal of an additional 370,000 cubic yards of material.

The 1,600-foot Berth 12 is designed to accommodate containerized shipping and is scheduled to be in operation late in 2010. The request for proposal for the Berth 12 project is available at the Port of Manatee website.

In addition, the Manatee County Port Authority announced the addition of Port Manatee's second mobile harbor container crane, which is expected to be in operation by October.

"Securing this second crane is essential for Port Manatee as we prepare for increased shipping traffic for the expansion of the Panama Canal," says Port Manatee Executive Director David L. McDonald.

The $4 million second crane, which will be added nearly three years after the first crane was installed, was purchased through a public-private agreement among the Manatee County Port Authority, the Florida Department of Transportation and Logistec USA Inc.

Logistec, which also partnered with the Port Authority on the first crane, is responsible for operation, maintenance and insurance on the new crane. Logistec and the FDOT each provided about half of the purchase price.

Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: Jill VanderPol, Port Manatee

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Carter Gaddis is a feature writer at 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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