BROWARD COUNTY, FL -- Port Everglades has been awarded a $19 million federal grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP), to modernize several cargo docks and ensure efficient operations over the next 75 years. This is the Port's first large federal infrastructure grant award in recent history.
"It is significant that the federal government recognizes that Port Everglades is undergoing vital and unprecedented growth to support international trade in Florida," said Broward County Mayor Michael Udine.
The project will replace approximately 1,650 linear feet of bulkheads (sea wall) at Berths 16, 17, and 18. The project includes new steel sheet pile bulkheads with concrete caps, cathodic protection, mooring hardware and fendering systems, dockside utility extensions, berth apron pavement, drainage system improvements, and benthic habitat surveys and mitigation.
"The new bulkheads are planned and designed to account for sea level rise and accommodate new generations of larger cargo and cruise vessels," said Port Everglades Chief Executive Officer and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
In a press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation said that more than $703 million has been slated to fund 41 projects in 22 states and one territory to improve port facilities through the Maritime Administration's PIDP. The PIDP supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve port and related freight infrastructure to meet the nation's freight transportation needs and ensure our country's port infrastructure can meet anticipated growth in freight volumes.
The full list of the PIDP grant awards can be found at 2022 Port Infrastructure Development Program Grant Awards.
ABOUT PORT EVERGLADES
A global powerhouse for international trade, Port Everglades handles an average of one-million TEUs annually (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world's largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 112 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway's 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion totaling $3 billion within the next 20 years ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at porteverglades.net or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org.
October 28, 2022
MEDIA CONTACT: Joy Oglesby, Public Information Officer
Port Everglades External Affairs