August 9, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
PortMiami is big ship ready! The port is now the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels. More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are now complete and have transformed PortMiami to a major U.S. global gateway.
The much anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal – the historic waterway that snakes a path between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in Central America – is scheduled to open spring 2016. The expansion will allow some of the world’s largest ships a quicker path to United States ports.
PortMiami is one of Miami-Dade County’s most important economic engines, contributing $27 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 207,000 jobs in South Florida. Miami’s unique geographic location makes the port easily accessible to Caribbean and Latin American markets, as well as those of Asia and Europe by way of the Panama Canal.
With the transformation complete, PortMiami now welcomes top ocean carriers with the convenience of fast, reliable service. Infrastructure improvement projects include:
“A new big ship era is here and PortMiami is ready,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “I am proud to say that PortMiami is now able to berth Post-Panamax ships; and we are able to expedite the movement of goods throughout Florida, the continental U.S., and the world, fast and efficiently. “We are grateful to the vision of our State and local leaders for making this critical infrastructure project a reality. The completion of PortMiami’s Deep Dredge and Intermodal On-dock Rail projects cannot be overstated, PortMiami is now positioned as the most reliable, convenient and efficient global hub on the North American East Coast ready to service the world’s leading ocean carriers.”
PortMiami’s expansion completion date is well in advance of a number of other ports that covet deep water. This ensures the port will remain competitive in the global marketplace.
“When bigger ships start transiting through the expanded waterway next year, deep ports like Miami will transform maritime trade on a global scale, said CEO of the Panama Canal Authority Jorge L. Quijano. “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with PortMiami and are certain that the synergies achieved through the Deep Dredge and the Panama Canal expansion projects will boost international trade and contribute to future economic growth by increasing job opportunities and revenues at both PortMiami and the Panama Canal.”
This project adds to Florida’s already extensive multimodal transportation systems, with international airports, highway and rail networks, multiple high-speed data transmission hubs, and two spaceports. To learn more about Florida’s strengths in logistics and distribution, click here.