The South Port Turning Notch Expansion project will lengthen the berth space at Port Everglades from 900 linear feet to 2,400 linear feet. It will allow for more ships to dock at the Port. Now the project is in the design phase and actual construction could begin as early as 2014, according to Ellen Kennedy, spokesperson for Port Everglades. The estimated cost of the project is $122 million. Funding is coming from the State of Florida and Port Everglades.
“The berth space is being extended westward. When complete, it will allow us to accommodate up to five additional container cargo ships. Right now we are berth constrained and this will make our port more accessible,” said Kennedy.
When this project is complete, ship operators will be able to bring far larger amounts of cargo to Port Everglades. It is estimated this will bring in 5,500 new direct jobs and generate more revenue for the Port, according to Kennedy.