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May 17, 2005

ALABAMA SENATE APPROVES PORT FUNDING - ALABAMA STATE PORT AUTHORITY POISED TO LET NEW CONTAINER TERMINAL CONTRACTS

The Alabama State Port Authority (Authority) continues its progress towards construction of a new container and intermodal terminal at the Port of Mobile.  The Alabama State Senate late Monday night approved an Alabama House of Representatives measure (H.R. 134, Rep. Yvonne Kennedy - 97th District Mobile), to provide $80 Million to assist in funding construction of the Choctaw Point Terminal.  The measure now moves to Governor Bob Riley’s desk for signature. 

Delivery of the State of Alabama’s $80 Million commitment will partially fund a total construction cost of approximately $300 Million for the new container and intermodal terminal, which is on schedule to be completed by mid-year 2007.  Funding for the project to date has been derived from Port Authority revenues.  The balance of the project costs will come from the Authority and a private sector partner that will be selected this summer.  “The private sector partner bids are scheduled to be open in early July, and should position the Authority to complete the project in the first half of 2007,” said James K. Lyons, Director and CEO. 

In April, the Authority awarded a $22.3 Million contract to American Bridge for construction of the terminal's wharf and bulkhead.  Bids are scheduled to be opened on May 26th for the land reclamation and site stabilization contract. Other construction related contracts will be placed out for bid later in 2005. 

The Alabama State Port Authority received its environmental permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers in March of this year. The permits provide for construction of a 2,000 foot deepwater wharf, a container yard, an intermodal container transfer facility, with adjoining acreage designated for value added distribution facilities. The Choctaw Point Terminal, when fully constructed, will provide container capacity in excess of 600,000 TEUs with expansion capability.

Alabama State Port Authority (http://www.asdd.com) operates the State of Alabama’s deepwater port facilities in Mobile, Ala.  The Authority directly employs 548 workers and its facilities handle more than 24 million tons of cargo each year.  Alabama’s full service seaport handles containers, general cargoes, such as forest products, frozen meats, and metals, oversized and heavy lift cargoes, and bulk commodities such as coal and cement.  The Authority’s proposed Choctaw Point Terminal and its general cargo and bulk facilities are located at the Port of Mobile with immediate access to two interstate systems, five Class 1 railroads, and nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterway connections.  Mobile!  The Real Easy!