Cuba has begun digging a cargo channel as close to the Miami River as possible and with a depth of only 18 feet, the exact depth in which Miami River cargo vessels are designed to operate.
In what is one of the bigger infastructure projects in Cuba this year, dredging has begun of a 2-mile channel to the port of Casasa on Cayo Coco, Granma reported.
Dredging alone will cost 50 million non-convertible pesos (US$2 million). The channel is planned to be 270 feet wide and 18 feet deep.
The port, which will accommodate cargo vessels of up to 2,400 tons and 300 feet length, will allow to supply jet fuel, fuel oil, construction supplies and food to the Jardines del Rey tourist resort on the north-central coast of Cuba. Until now, the fast-growing resort and airport had to rely on expensive shipping via truck over the dam that connects the key to mainland Cuba.
Currently, the port of Casasa can accommodate vessels of only 200 tons.