The Manatee County Port Authority will accept bids through March 22 on a major dredging project at Port Manatee.
's new Berth 12 is the final phase of a $200 million project that began in 1999.
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.
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.
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.
$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
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