Maritime Administration announces over $280 million in grants for US ports

Maritime Administration announces over $280 million in grants for US ports The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program.  This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports. “Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure investments will improve […] - eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News

Maritime Administration announces over $280 million in grants for US ports

Maritime Administration announces over $280 million in grants for US ports

Maritime Administration announces over $280 million in grants for US ports

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program.  This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.

“Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure
investments will improve the regional economy, increase productivity and
economic competitiveness, and create more jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary
Elaine L. Chao. 

The Port Infrastructure Development Program supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve facility and freight infrastructure to ensure our nation’s freight transportation needs, present and future, are met.  The program provides capital financing and project management assistance to improve port capacity and efficiency.  Of the 15 projects that were awarded grants, six are located in Opportunity Zones, which were created to revitalize economically distressed communities using private investments.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work more
directly with America’s ports to enhance their facilities,” said Maritime
Administrator Mark H. Buzby.  “The grants awarded will ensure that these
facilities are operating at their highest, most productive capacities.”

The United States relies heavily on its maritime services
and infrastructure.  Our ports are an unsung economic boon, directly and
indirectly providing countless jobs for Americans.  Improving these
facilities benefits the American economy and increases the capacity and
efficiency of our transportation and supply network nationwide.

A complete list of grant recipients is below:

Anchorage,
Alaska

Port of
Alaska Modernization Program (awarded $20,000,000)

This grant will be used to support the construction of a
new petroleum and cement marine terminal.  This terminal, a key component
of the Port of Alaska Modernization Program, will support the transfer of
refined petroleum and cement from bulk carriers to onshore pipelines and
storage facilities.  This project also promotes energy-efficient trade
throughout southcentral Alaska while increasing the facility’s overall
efficiency.

Long
Beach, California

Alameda
Corridor South Access: Terminal Island Rail Junction Project (awarded
$14,500,000)

Located at the Port of Long Beach, this grant will be
used to improve the capacity at the Terminal Island Wye rail junction by
constructing and replacing rails and siding that will improve the efficiency of
rail operations.  The intended rail enhancements will increase the
longevity of the resulting infrastructure.

Los
Angeles, California

Port of
Los Angeles Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Program: Fenix Container
Terminal Intermodal Railyard Expansion and Modernization Project (awarded
$18,184,743)

The grant will be used to increase the capacity of the
existing on-dock railyard by adding 11,500 linear feet of track.  This
project will improve the terminal’s rail capacity by 10 percent while also
creating utility corridors and draining systems that will minimize the impact
of storm-related damage.

Cape
Canaveral, Florida

Port
Canaveral Cargo Berth Rehabilitation and Modernization Project (awarded
$14,100,000)

This grant will be used to bring the facility into a
state of good repair by completing several construction projects that will
improve its resiliency.

Miami-Dade
County, Florida

PortMiami
Cargo Yard Resiliency Improvements and Fumigation and Cold Chain Processing
Center Project (awarded $43,928,393) (Opportunity Zone)

This grant will be used to supplement PortMiami
infrastructure improvements to upgrade drainage and resiliency methods, along
with the reorganization of cargo containers.  The project will also
construct a state-of-the-art fumigation and cold chain processing
facility.  This project is located in an Opportunity Zone.

Savannah,
Georgia

Container
Berth 1 Realignment (awarded $34,600,000)


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The grants will be used to realign the Port of Savannah’s
easternmost berth to enable the berth to receive 14,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent
Unit (TEU) container ships.  The three-component project consists of
demolishing, rebuilding, and deepening the berth to allow vessels to take full
advantage of the adjacent navigation channel.  The project will enhance
the port’s overall speed and efficiency of processing containers.

LaPlace,
Louisiana

Globalplex
Multi-Modal Connections Project (awarded $13,410,662)

Located at the Port of South Louisiana, the grant will be
used to add multimodal connections and enhance the operation efficiency of
Globalplex, a public port with a 335-acre maritime industrial park.  The
project consists of five construction components which, upon completion, will
promote exports and improve the state of good repair and resiliency of the
complex.

Duluth,
Minnesota

Duluth
Port Logistics Hub 2020 Revitalization and Expansion (awarded $10,500,000)
(Opportunity Zone)

Located in an Opportunity Zone, the grant will be used to
fund the construction of a rail-served warehouse and rehabilitate more than
1,700 linear feet of failing wharf walls at multiple berths inside of the
port.  The project also includes the addition of an on-dock rail and
construction of a new roll-on/roll-off deck and supports the expansion of
existing port operations.

Harrison
County, Mississippi

Port of
Gulfport Access Project (awarded $15,760,000) (Opportunity Zone)

This grant will be used to improve the roadways leading
to and from the entrance to the port, which serves all freight and military
cargo.  These improvements will promote exports and improve the resiliency
of the pavement on local roads.  This project is located in an Opportunity
Zone.

Cleveland,
Ohio

Port of
Cleveland’s Dock 24 and 26 Master Modernization and Rehabilitation Project
(awarded $11,000,000) (Opportunity Zone)

Located in an Opportunity Zone, the grant will be used to
rehabilitate two of the port’s main docks, which promote regional exports and
improve operations and safety activities.

Toledo,
Ohio

Port of
Toledo Intermodal Project (awarded $16,000,000) (Opportunity Zone)

The grant will be used to reconstruct and upgrade the
dock at Midwest Terminals Facility 1 at the port, as well as to develop a
liquid transloading facility.  These projects are part of the port’s
10-year capital improvement plan, which will restore the docks’ structural
integrity and promote efficient energy trade.  This project is located in
an Opportunity Zone.

Charleston,
South Carolina

Wando
Welch Terminal Wharf Toe Wall and Berth Deepening Project (awarded $19,986,000)

The grant will be used to construct an underwater
retaining wall and deepen three berths at the terminal to enable the facility
to handle larger container ships.  This project complements the ongoing
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to deepen the navigation channel leading
to the terminal.

Corpus
Christi, Texas

Avery
Point Public Oil Docks Redevelopment (awarded $17,600,000) (Opportunity Zone)

This grant will be used to fund Phase 1 of the Port of
Corpus Christi’s plan to refurbish docks at the Avery Point terminal that is
used by a number of the port’s customers to transload petroleum products. 
The project will double the capacity of Oil Dock 3, enabling the port to meet
the growing demand for berth space to support exports of refined petroleum
products.  This project is located in an Opportunity Zone.

Houston,
Texas

Bayport
Terminal Intermodal Expansion to Meet Demand Project (awarded $21,840,000)

The grant will be used to develop 1,000 linear feet of
green space site into a wharf at the Bayport Terminal at the Port of
Houston.  This development includes installation of crane rail to
facilitate the ability of existing cranes to operate on the newly developed
wharf space.  This project will enable the terminal to handle 2.4 million
Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) container ships annually.

Milwaukee,
Wisconsin

Agricultural
Maritime Export Facility (awarded $15,893,543)

Located at the Port of Milwaukee, the grant will be used
to develop an under-utilized parcel of land at the port into an export facility
for agricultural commodities.  The project promotes exports and
energy-efficient trade.

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