The port's rehabilitation and modernization program will demolish an existing pier to replace it with an 880-foot long wharf with the necessary channel width to accommodate larger vessels simultaneously at berth.
Given that the berth was constructed in 1976, NCB3’s design – combined with the increasing size of commercial vessels and growing cargo diversity – has made the berth functionally obsolete.
Moreover, the project is included in the port's five-year capital improvement plan with a targeted start date by the end of 2020.
The port's CEO, Capt. John Murray commented that this is the largest federal grant ever awarded to the port, adding that
This funding now gives us the opportunity to aggressively advance the development of our cargo facilities to accommodate growth in key sectors including construction materials and commercial space.
The project aims to improve the port's infrastructure, modernize and boost the efficiency of the waterways.
Port Canaveral’s NCB3 project has a total cost of $37,861,600. The CPA and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will maximize the leveraging of federal dollars by providing a combined match of $23,761,600 or 63% of the total project cost.
This berth rehabilitation and modernization project furthers the DOT’s desire to finance projects that have actively sought to lower the federal dollar amount needed to complete infrastructure projects.