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Port Everglades


Steven M. Cernak, P.E., PPM
Chief Executive & Port Director

Port Everglades is South Florida’s “powerhouse port” and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. Located on the southeast coast of the Florida peninsula, Port Everglades is one of the top three cruise ports in the world, is among the most active containerized cargo ports in the United States and South Florida’s main seaport for petroleum products such as gasoline and jet fuel.

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Port Everglades Focuses on Landside Improvements for “Last Mile” Connectivity

Already Florida’s leading container port exceeding one-million TEUs in 2014, Port Everglades is nearing completion of several multi-million-dollar landside infrastructure improvements to improve connections to South Florida’s major highway and railroad systems.

In July 2014, the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) opened its new $72 million, 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) that is used to transfer both domestic containers to/from South Florida and international shipping containers between ship and rail. This near-dock facility, located on port property, replaced FECR’s previous 12-acre intermodal yard, which was located 2 miles from the port. Port Everglades contributed the land to the public/private partnership.

Leading directly into the port at the east end of Interstate-595, which connects directly to I-95, I-75 and Florida’s Turnpike, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has invested $42.5 million to build the Eller Drive Overpass, which allows vehicles entering Port Everglades to travel unimpeded over the FECR’s two new rail tracks into the ICTF.

To enhance productivity for over-the-road container movement, Port Everglades realigned McIntosh Road, the main roadway in the Port’s Southport containerized cargo area, with additional lanes so that it is now an efficient multi-lane loop road with ample room for truck staging.

On the north side of the Port, the security checkpoint at the Port’s Eisenhower Boulevard entrance is being moved further south to carve out the Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center from the controlled access area of the Port and improve traffic flow.

In addition to these landside improvements, which are anticipated to be completed this year, longer-term capital improvements at Port Everglades include adding cargo berths, deepening and widening the navigation channel, purchasing new super post-Panamax gantry cranes and completing capacity upgrades to the existing gantry cranes.

Already underway and slated for completion in 2019, Port Everglades will be adding new cargo berths in its Southport Turning Notch Extension project, which will lengthen the existing deep-water turn-around area for cargo ships from 900 feet to 2,400 feet. Super post-Panamax gantry cranes will also be added to serve the existing Southport container berths, and the crane rails will be extended to the full length of the extended Turning Notch to better utilize existing cranes.

The Port is also advancing an 18-year effort to deepen and widen its navigational channels and turning basin to handle larger cargo ships. Main features of the project are to deepen the main navigational channels from 42 feet to 48 feet (plus 1-foot required and another 1-foot allowable overdepth for a total of 50 feet) and widen the Entrance Channel and the maneuverability constrained Southport Access Channel, including the “knuckle” area between berths 23-26.

As Port Everglades continues to advance major infrastructure projects, all aimed at improving productivity, this South Florida powerhouse seaport will continue to serve as an ideal point of entry for products shipped around the world.

Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-523-3404
Toll Free: 1-800-421-0188
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