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southport turning notch extension and crane infrastructure improvements project

The project consists of the extension of the Southport Turning Notch to the west to create new cargo berthing area. The first portion of this project included creation of approximately 16 acres of new mTwo Super-Post-Panamax Gantry Cranes are being constructed in China.angroves on undeveloped Port Everglades property that was deeded to the State of Florida in exchange for an 8-acre portion of existing conservation easement needed for berth expansion. The second portion of the project includes the marine infrastructure associated with the extension of the Southport Turning Notch by approximately 1,420 feet to the west, with wharf construction, marine and utility infrastructure, and environmental mitigation.

The project also consists of the landside infrastructure improvements to support the acquisition of up to six additional Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes in Southport along Berths 31 and 32 as well as Berth 30.  Additionally, the project will include extending the existing 100' gauge crane rails along Berth 30, westward to the limits of the new Southport Turning Notch Extension.

To support the new crane rails, the project also will provide for a new two-story switchgear and office building to be located just west of the current facility.

Construction on the Southport Turning Notch Extension is anticipated to be completed in 2022.

Southport Turning Notch Extension

Schedule Start Date End Date
 (Wetlands Enhancement)
 April 2012  December 2013 (Completed)
 (Wetland Enhancement) 
 May 2014  August 2015 (Completed)
 (Berth Construction)
 March 2014  June 2018
 (Berth Construction)
 October 2018

 2022 (target)


Crane Improvements

Schedule Start Date End Date

 (Crane Infrastructure)


 Summer 2016 (Completed)

 (Crane Infrastructure)

 March 2018   March 2022


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Southport Turning Notch Extension Project.

Aerial image of the port's two upland enhancement areas that include more than 70,000 new mangroves and native water plants.

Upland Mangrove Enhancement Project.

Image of gantry cranes from dock while unloading a containership.

Crane Infrastructure Improvements.

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