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Broward commissioners approve key partnership for Port Everglades improvement

Port Everglades is getting deeper and better. This week, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved a project partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project. The project will deepen Port Everglades’ navigation channel from 42 feet to 48-50 feet and widen narrow channel areas to take advantage of the greater economies of scale from larger container cargo and petroleum ships. The project is expected to be completed in 2029, creating nearly 1,500 permanent direct jobs resulting from additional cargo capacity.

The full deepening and widening project is designed to enable safe passage of next-generation cruise, bulk, petroleum and deep draft Neo-Panamax cargo ships. As the nation’s leading gateway for trade with Latin America, Port Everglades already handles Neo-Panamax vessels from Europe and South America, but the ships must be lightly loaded, which is inefficient, especially as older fleets are being replaced.

The partnership takes Port Everglades another step closer to becoming even more an economic powerhouse. The seaport, which generates nearly $32 billion a year, is going through a 20-year, $3 billion master/vision plan, which is set to add cargo berths, expand cruise and energy capacity and improve navigation channels to handle larger ships. In early November, it received three 175-foot high Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes (pictured above), designed by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. Inc., that are able to handle containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck and reach 22 containers across the ship’s deck. The existing seven gantry cranes that are only 151-feet high and limited to containers stacked six high and can reach across 16 containers will be upgraded to a lift capacity of 65 tons from the current 46.5 tons, adding the capability to perform twin-picks (lifting two containers at a time).

The improvements are sure to inspire confidence in Port Everglades’ trade capabilities. Total trade at the port was down 6.35 percent in October compared to October 2019 (an expected drop due to COVID), but trade actually rose 10.86 percent from September, a healthy rebound story for the month.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.