THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE | On Wednesday, the Alabama State Port Authority signed a final agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with a project to widen and deepen the channel for the Port of Mobile.
Mobile, Alabama's sole deepwater port, has a 45-foot deep channel with a 40-foot deep inner harbor. It is home to the APM Terminals - Mobile container terminal, a cruise terminal and a wide variety of bulk and breakbulk piers. The agreement allows the Corps to move ahead with contracting and construction to deepen the port's navigation channel to 50 feet. Work on the $365 million project will begin by the end of the year, underwritted with a combination of federal and state funding. According to the port, the work will be less constrained by traditional account-specific or single-year work plans and will explore a sequence-driven, logical process. Completion is scheduled for late 2024 or early 2025.
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