The 25-month contract was awarded by shipping group CMA CGM, which has held the concession for the port since the start of last month.
Vinci Construction subsidiaries Vinci Construction Grands Projets and EMCC have teamed up with Belgian dredging company Jan de Nul to carry out the work.
The primary aspect of the contract is the refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade to seismic standards of 1,200m of quays. The joint venture will also carry out dredging work in the access channel. The work is designed to enable the quays to handle container ships of larger capacities.
The port of Kingston is located near the newly expanded Panama Canal at the crossroads between the north/south and east/west sea lanes and is aiming to be one of the three main container terminals in the Caribbean.