World Direct Shipping has been importing produce and other goods from Mexico since 2014, while Del Monte, in its fourth decade operating at Port Manatee, brings in bananas, pineapples and avocados from Central and South America.

World Direct Shipping has been importing produce and other goods from Mexico since 2014, while Del Monte, in its fourth decade operating at Port Manatee, brings in bananas, pineapples and avocados from Central and South America.

Port Manatee is advancing an $8.3 million project to nearly double the size of its dockside container yard with approval Tuesday, July 28, of a construction contract by the Manatee County Port Authority. The container yard expansion, targeted for June 2021 completion, promises to add 9.3 acres to the existing 10-acre paved facility adjoining Port Manatee’s Berth 12 and 14 docks.

The newly awarded construction contract with Crisdel Group Inc. of Tampa is for $7,890,197.90, with that amount equally divided between port funds and a Florida Department of Transportation grant. Engineering work is being completed under a separate $413,578 contract with Stantec, also of Tampa. The construction undertaking includes paving, drainage infrastructure and high-mast lighting, as well as the installation of 150 new electrical receptacles for plugging in refrigerated cargo containers, to bring Port Manatee’s total contingent of such reefer plugs to 600.

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