Ports Authority Executive Director Ingrid C. Colberg-Rodríguez, announced Tuesday that the federal government has allocated $5.7 million for maintenance of commercial shipping and $700,000 to analyze the dredging the San Juan bay.
This allocation comes from $4.7 billion in discretionary funds managed by the U.S. Corp of Engineers to finance projects to develop, manage, restore and promote the protection of water, wetlands and related resources through studies, construction, operation and project maintenance. The investment seeks to reduce the risk of flood impacts on communities, facilitate water transport, restore significant water ecosystems and support job creation across the U.S.
The budget will give priority to coastal ports and waterways with the largest commercial traffic, she said.
“This allocation of funds seeks to improve, maintain and maximize our commercial ports. The studies to be carried out prior to dredging the San Juan bay are part of the measures being taken to reassure and spur the development of our main gate for economic activity and tourism,” she said.
“These works will give continuity to our efforts to attract more capable cruise, cargo ships and mega yachts to our docks,” she added.