PA port project bulks up deepwater berth
The Port of Port Arthur has begun construction on a project to add capacity at one of its deepwater berths.
Berth 5 will have an additional 600 feet of multi-use dock capable of receiving and loading cargo via rail, ship, barge, truck and pipeline, port executive director and CEO Larry Kelley said.
“We estimate the project should be completed in the next 16 to 18 months,” he said.
The $37.2 million project was awarded by the port commissioners to Manson Construction. Project management will be provided by Collins Engineering and the facility was designed by Lockwood Andrews & Newnam.
The project will also involve a number of local businesses and contractors providing project support with various of goods and services.
Along with construction jobs, Kelley said the project will eventually support additional positions for longshoremen and port jobs, but more concrete details on the number of additional personnel will come later in the process.
“The Berth 5 project is a direct response to pending and future customer needs,” Port Board president John Comeaux said in a statement.
Kelley said the project will help accommodate an increase in cargo coming through the port, but it is also paving the way for the future.
“We’ve had a significant increase in existing business that has put forth the need for expansion, but also the future widening of our waterway will mean more vessels to serve,” Kelley said.
The Sabine-Neches Waterway project received final federal approval in 2014 when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law.
The port will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Berth 5 project at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Port Arthur International Seafarer’s Center.