Port Manatee, Fla., is seeking bids for the dredging of the port’s new berth 12. The new 1,600-foot berth is expected to be operational by the end of 2010. Dredging will create a navigational depth of 41 feet at mean low water with an additional foot of draft.
The Port Authority also approved the purchase of a second mobile harbor container crane for approximately $4 million, with half the cost covered by Logistec U.S.A. and half covered by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
“Securing this second crane is essential for Port Manatee as we prepare for increased shipping traffic expected from the expansion of the Panama Canal,” said Port Manatee Executive Director David L. McDonald. “When you couple this with the port’s proximity to the canal, the 2010 completion of our new Berth 12 and adjacent container terminal, and the significant incentives offered through the Port Manatee Encouragement Zone, we believe we have the right situation to attract major shipping lines.”
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