PortMiami is positioning itself to capture new trade opportunities thanks to more than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects now complete.
The port now offers Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and eleven containers below.
Additionally, a completed -50/-52 ft. dredge project now allows the PortMiami to accommodate the largest container vessels sailing the oceans, including neo-Panamax vessels that can carry up to 13,000 TEUs that will be able to transit the new Panama Canal when the project is completed in April.
“PortMiami is now welcoming big ships,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “It is the only major global trade hub south of Virginia capable of handling bigger, more modern Post-Panamax ships. We expect the growth pattern at PortMiami to increase once the expanded Panama Canal opens next year. Growth in international trade, commerce and tourism at PortMiami is looking strong.”
Last week, PortMiami posted an increase of 15 percent in containerized cargo movements for its 2015 fiscal year with a total of 1,007,800 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moving through the port during the 12 month period ending September 30, 2015.
On the cruise side of the business, PortMiami also experienced another exceptional year. A record in cruise passengers – nearly 4.9 million – sailed through the port, more than any other cruise port in the world.