The re-establishment of on-dock rail at PortMiami, a private-public partnership between PortMiami and the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), is only one of several capital improvement projects currently underway at the Port. PortMiami and FEC’s upgrades will help shippers significantly reduce transportation expenses, inventory investment and carbon emissions, while providing a new trade route to consumer markets.
“On-dock rail is coming soon to PortMiami”, said Port Director Bill Johnson. “Goods will be able to reach 70% of the US population in one to four days – delivering products more quickly, more efficiently, and cost effectively.”
PortMiami will be the only Atlantic US port south of Virginia with a deep enough harbour for post-Panamax ships which will traverse the expanded Panama Canal in 2015. FEC’s restoration of on-dock rail will attract additional cargo from Asia as PortMiami will now provide faster connections to critical American markets in the southeast and heartland via rail. The addition of on-dock rail will also attract US exports bound for Asia, Europe and Latin America using PortMiami’s extensive east-west and north-south services.
Other on-going infrastructure projects include the deepening of the port’s main channel to -50 feet (15.2 m) the installation of four new super Post Panamax cranes, and the completion of the port tunnel that will allow PortMiami to welcome a new generation of larger container vessels.
Operations of the new PortMiami-FEC rail lines are expected to start in October 2013.