Canaveral Port Authority Green-Lights Construction of New Multi-Purpose Cargo Berth

By  //  January 26, 2018

Construction is expected to begin next month

STAR MARKS THE SPOT: This aerial view of Port Canaveral shows the location of North Cargo Berth 8. (Port Canaveral inage)

North Cargo Berth 8 Will Features Heavy Lift Dock to Accommodate Spaceport Operations and Diversified Cargo Portfolio

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA  – A new multi-purpose cargo berth at Port Canaveral was given the green light at the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting this week.

Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with building a new North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8) to accommodate a growing cargo portfolio that includes commercial spacecraft components.

The landside and waterside investment on the Port’s north side will provide the infrastructure and flexibility needed to meet an increased demand for diversified cargo handling capabilities at the Port.

“We are experiencing the highest demand for bulkhead space in the history of our Port,” said Port CEO Captain John Murray.

“Prudent development of cargo sites to maximize their use is critically important to meet the growing needs of toda while building our capabilities for the future.”

“This new multi-purpose berth will enhance our ability to manage cargo opportunities being driven by the rapid economic growth in Central Florida.”

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The 900-foot seawall and planned 100-foot pier extension will be capable of handling an 850-foot ship.

The berth will be constructed with a 2,000 lbs. per-square-foot capacity, a necessary requirement for handling aerospace cargo and other heavy project cargo. The berth will be dredged to a depth of -35 ft (MLLW).

Orion Marine Group of Tampa, Florida has been awarded a $17.9 million dollar contract for construction of the bulkhead and seawall, relieving platform and dredging. Construction is expected to begin in March 2018 with a scheduled completion of the entire project targeted for mid-2019.

This will be the site of North Cargo Berth 8, which will support heavy lift cargo and Spaceport operations. (Canaveral Port Authority image)