Since its formal establishment in 1754, the Port of Pensacola has served as Northwest Florida’s gateway to the world. From its early shipments of regionally harvested lumber, locally made bricks and sailing ship masts, to the locally manufactured paper and power plant components being moved today, the Port of Pensacola has always existed, at least in part, to serve local and regional business interests. The port is committed to providing an efficient and cost-effective port for national, international and multi-national shippers seeking a congestion-free, service-oriented alternative.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
• Invest in port infrastructure improvements to meet the operational needs of the port’s business partners and breed customer loyalty.
• Diversify the port’s business lines in order to attract new business partners that will create jobs and grow local port-related employment opportunities.
• Generate operating revenues to fund all operating expenses other than depreciation.
• Develop a port brand that is consistent with the city of Pensacola’s overall brand identity, clearly communicates the port’s position as a city-owned enterprise, adequately conveys the port’s economic value to the community, and separates the port from its competition.
CURRENT OR PLANNED INVESTMENTS
Warehouse 9 Improvements
The improvements include a raised-ceiling ‘high hat’ bay with 30-foot + hook height to support two overhead bridge cranes with 30-ton capacities. The project is scheduled to begin in early May 2013 and will create up to 100 jobs within five years of completion. It provides the opportunity for sustainable, private-sector job growth in a business sector that represents a nontraditional, diversified use of port facilities.
Shore Power Improvements
Three 120-amp, 440-volt, three-phase, 60-cycle shore power outlets will be installed, allowing vessels to connect to more economical, energy efficient and greener landside power sources while in port. This project was completed in December 2012.
Shoreside Utility Improvements
The construction/installation of three shoreside gray water/sewer discharge stations will allow vessels to discharge approved gray water and sewerage directly into the municipal sewer system rather than utilizing costly and inefficient pump trucks to haul away such waste. The project is scheduled for June 2013.
Berth 6 Rehabilitation
This project will repair areas of spalling on the Berth 6 substructure by removing loose concrete, rust and mill scale. It will replace damaged reinforcing steel as necessary, apply a manufacturerrecommended primer to all exposed surfaces and apply shotcrete. The rehabilitation will return an existing port berth to full utility in order to retain up to 20 jobs, and offers potential for additional jobs and revenue.
Full On-Port Rail Rehabilitation
The removal and replacement of approximately 7,000 linear feet, or 1.3 miles, of dockside and warehouse-adjacent, port-owned/operated rail (including track, ties, switches and immediately adjacent asphalt pavement) will restore the port’s on-dock rail infrastructure to full utility at a load-bearing capacity of 1,000 per square foot. Up to 13 existing jobs will be retained, with potential for additional jobs and port revenue.
• Completed major port dock maintenance dredging project which, when combined with already completed and upcoming U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects to dredge Pensacola Pass, Caucus Channel and Pensacola Harbor, will fully restore maritime access to 33 feet from the sea buoy to dock.
• Attracted scheduled monthly breakbulk cargo vessel service.
• Completed major port dock maintenance dredging project which, when combined with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects to dredge Pensacola Pass, Caucus Channel and Pensacola Harbor, fully restores maritime access to 33 feet from the sea buoy to dock.
Southeastern and midwestern U.S. roughly bounded by the Great Lakes to the north, the Mississippi River to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the east including all or a portion of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, the Virginias, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean Basin, Mediterranean, Africa, Baltic Region and Asia.
“… to manage and operate cost-effective facilities for marine commerce in order to foster regional and international trade and promote economic development and employment.”