Ports benefit from more than $241 million in federal grants


Twenty-five port projects in 19 states received an early Christmas present last week in the form of a grant through the Maritime administrationit is Port Infrastructure Development Program.

The federal government has provided more than $241 million in grants to inland river and coastal ports and ports on the Great Lakes, according to a statement released Thursday. Among the priorities for this year’s funding cycle were those related to job creation, climate change and environmental justice impacts.

The funding announcement follows an update earlier in the week from President Joe Biden’s supply chain task force on supply chain flows.

The grants program itself has been running for three years, awarding $492 million for 32 projects in its first two years. Additionally, the recently passed infrastructure bill provided $450 million in annual funding for fiscal years 2022 through 2026, for a total of $2.25 billion.

“These investments will support the transition to cleaner transportation, which will create more economic activity and well-paying jobs,” said Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley. “The Ports Infrastructure Development Program is an important part of building back better for our ports, our communities, our economy and our people.

Ten port projects have received grants of more than $5 million each. The remaining 15 projects went to smaller ports.

The full list of winners is available here. Here are the 10 major project awards:

America’s Green Gateway Phase 1: Pier B Rail Upgrades, Long Beach, Calif., $52.3 million.

The project has three components: a new locomotive facility, an east yard extension and a west yard extension. Overall, the project will add a 10,000 foot support track, construct a support facility for 24 locomotives, add three yard tracks and extend five existing tracks to increase port freight operational efficiency and improve passenger safety. railroad workers, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. Thusday.

According to Long Beach HarborIn Pier B’s promotional video for the platform rail project, the support facility would allow the configuration of freight trains as long as 2 miles. Having the facility would also increase the movement of goods in and out of the port by rail by 28% to 35%.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023, with the first inbound, outbound and storage lanes to be completed in 2025. More lanes will come online in 2030 and the project is expected to be completed in 2032.

Offshore Wind Tower Manufacturing Port Project, Albany, New York, $29.5 million.

The project aims to develop an offshore wind tower manufacturing port in Albany Harbor. The project itself will be developed on 81 acres along the Hudson River, immediately south of the existing port district. The infrastructure will include an access bridge and connecting road, internal roads, utility site works and infrastructure, upland preparation, wharf dredging and construction of a large wharf. 500 linear foot capacity of 6,000 pounds per square foot.

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal 35th Street Pier Expansion Project, New York $25 million.

The project will add a barge berth and an additional crane pad to the west end of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal’s 35th Street Pier, the DOT said. The wharf will be designed to accommodate 400-foot-long barges, the agency said.

Portsmouth Marine Terminal Offshore Wind Development, Portsmouth, Virginia, $20 million.

The project aims to develop Portsmouth Marine Terminal a staging area that would support offshore wind projects. The staging area would be adjacent to one of the docks, with a second storage area that would store monopolies and other project components, according to the DOT.

Bayport Container Terminal Expansion, Houston, $18.3 million.

The project aims to develop Container Yard 1 South, a 39-acre green space at the Port of Houston. Bayport Container Terminal. The grant will help fund site preparation, grading, drainage, utilities, concrete surfaces suitable for container storage, signage, power, lighting and communications.

Off-dock container rack installationTacoma, Washington, $15.7 million.

the Tacoma Harbor aims to develop an off-dock container support facility that will provide space to store empty containers and chassis to free up berth space at terminals. The project is part of the port’s capital improvement program to modernize and optimize the use of its container terminals and support facilities, the DOT said. The facility will be located on 24.5 acres adjacent to the Husky, West Sitcum and Washington United terminals. The work includes new gates, a guardhouse, perimeter security fencing, energy-efficient light fixtures, upgrades to the stormwater system and renovations to a railroad crossing adjacent to the site, the DOT said.

Colonel’s Island Berth #4, Garden City, Georgia, $14.6 million.

the Braunschweig HarborColonel’s Island Terminal will use the grant to construct a fourth ro-ro berth so the terminal can accommodate the larger vehicle carrier vessels of over 7,000 units that are becoming the industry standard for ro-ro vessels. According to the DOT, Brunswick is the second busiest Ro-Ro cargo port in the country.

Rehabilitation and improvement of Pier 15, San Juan, Puerto Rico, $10 million.

the Port of San Juan is rebuilding the Tender Pier and Pier B in the Pier 15 area, which were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The grant will also fund the design and construction of an equipment dock to improve ro-ro operations at Pier 15. The Pier 15 area supports vessels that transport cargo between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the islands of the Lesser Antilles and ports along the east coast. of the United States, the DOT said.

Infrastructure Improvement Project, Superior, Wisconsin, $8.4 million.

the Port of Duluth-Upper will repair an unused facility and build a sheet pile retaining wall and place hopper concrete behind the new wall to create a load bearing surface and install a concrete cap on the new wall. Improvements also include rail and road works, a stormwater management system, utilities, a store and office building, and dredging.

Propel the future project, Oakland, Calif., $5.2 million.

The project replaces an existing electrical substation and circuit located in the Port of Oakland, says the DOT. The project will also include an on-site fuel cell installation and solar panel with battery storage and will establish a direct connection between the port substation and the local electric utility’s biomass generator.

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