Port Canaveral in the USA has officially opened its renovated North Cargo Berth 3 (NCB3).


Source: Canaveral Port Authority

Ribbon cutting ceremony at North Cargo Berth 3 (L-R) Florida Sen. Tom Wright, Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield, FDOT Secretary Jared Perdue, Capt. John Murray, Port CEO, Florida Rep. Robbie Brackett, Canaveral Port Authority Commissioner Wayne Justice, CPA Chairman Kevin Markey, CPA Commissioner Fritz VanVolkenburgh

The USD48 million project broke ground back in 2022, as HLPFI reported here. Built in 1976, the original NCB3 had been out of service since 2014. Demolition of the existing pier started in December 2021, and the subsequent berth rehabilitation and modernisation project has created an 880 ft (268.2 m) multipurpose wharf. 

“Transforming an outdated, functionally obsolete pier into a modern multipurpose berth required a lot of effort by many people,” said Captain John Murray, port ceo. “Bringing this berth online expands our capabilities to accommodate a growing diverse cargo business portfolio.”

Other investments to boost its cargo handling abilities include harbour and berth box deepening to accommodate larger vessels, improving landside infrastructure, upgrading seawalls, renovating berthing facilities and expanding cargo terminal access through roadway improvements.  

The port has also launched the next phase of another berth modernisation project: the demolition and rebuilding of North Cargo Berth 4 (NCB4). With a budget of USD37 million, the project will begin in July and create an additional 880 ft of bulkhead adjacent to NCB3. NCB4 is slated for completion in mid to late 2024.