The board of the Port of San Diego commissioners in the US has certified a final environmental impact report for the proposed Tenth Avenue marine terminal redevelopment plan.

The newly granted certification has enabled the construction of the first phase of the plan, which is scheduled to begin by next year.

Expected to increase the terminal’s cargo capacity, the modernisation plan will create 524 new, long-term jobs, as well as implement clean technology to reduce pollution.

"This infrastructure project is an important opportunity for the Port of San Diego to make its industrial operations cleaner and greener."

Phase one of the terminal modernisation plan, which is scheduled to be completed within 33 months, will receive $24m in port and federal investment.

The investment also includes a $10m grant, from the US Department of Transportation, known as a TIGER grant.

To be carried out in a phased manner, the redevelopment plan will run through 2035.

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Port of San Diego commissioner Rafael Castellanos said: “This infrastructure project is an important opportunity for the Port of San Diego to make its industrial operations cleaner and greener, and create good jobs.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished with the involvement of the community, including the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group.

“By working with our neighbours, we were able to make the plan better for everyone.”

During the first phase, two existing transit sheds situated at the port will be demolished.

In addition, a new laydown area for temporary equipment storage will be constructed and on-dock rail will be improved.

In the future phases, consolidated dry bulk storage capacity will be increased to add a new 100,000ft² dry bulk structure or an equivalent vertical storage facility.

Improvements to the existing conveyor system, demolition of the existing molasses tanks and a warehouse as well as installation of gantry cranes and others are also planned to be carried out in future.

Image: Tenth Avenue marine terminal at Port of San Diego, US. Photo: courtesy of Port of San Diego.