Canaveral Begins Spaceport Transformation


Work has begun on a multi-purpose cargo berth project at Port Canaveral that will provide facilities for the commercial space industry.

The project, to design and engineer the multimodal and intermodal North Cargo Berth 8 (NCB8), will increase flexibility, boost capacity, and facilitate a more diverse commerce at the port.

The new infrastructure, scheduled for completion in mid-2019, will enable Canaveral to handle a growing portfolio of heavy and over-sized cargo.

In addition, NCB8 will have a capacity of 2,000 lbs-per-square-foot, which is a necessary requirement for handling aerospace cargo.

Laurence Jones discusses the commonness of ship berthing incidents in a recent Port Technology technical paper

A 900-foot sea wall and 100-foot pier extension is also planned as part of the project, which, once complete, will allow Canaveral to accommodate an 850-foot ship.

John Murray, Port CEO Captain, commented on the initiative: “With the Port experiencing unprecedented demand for bulkhead space, coupled with rapid economic growth in Central Florida and a burgeoning commercial space industry right here on the Space Coast, North Cargo Berth 8 will ensure we have the ability to meet the increased demand for diversified cargo-handling capabilities, while keeping us well-positioned for the future.” 

In January 2018, Orion Marine Group secured a US$ 17.9 million contract for the construction of the Canaveral’s bulkhead seawall, relieving platform and dredging after the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved construction.

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