PortMiami reported the busiest January in its history, handling 104,183 teu representing a 17% jump over the equivalent period previous year.
Port officials attribute January’s results to a continuation of a healthy balance of global trade combined with successfully deployed capital infrastructure improvements.
Miami-Dade mayor Carlos A. Gimenez stated: “The port team and its partners are experiencing the results of excellent service coupled with continued infrastructure improvements, offering cargo lines and shippers fast and reliable service.”
Completed improvements to enhance big ship operations and trade connectivity include a direct access tunnel to the US Interstate Highway System, on-dock rail and super post-Panamax cranes.
During the port’s last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2018, it handled almost 1.1m teu.
The US East Coast port has serviced more than 270 post-Panamax vessels since its channel deepening to -50/-52 ft in 2015.
PortMiami’s cargo partners have also made several infrastructure investments. Seaboard Marine recently opened a new 15,000 sq ft maintenance and repair building offering enhancements to increase cargo handling capabilities as well as the maintenance of its equipment fleet.
In February, South Florida Container Terminal also launched a new cargo yard densification project to increase its operational capacity and container throughput.
As it tries to solidify its relationship with Maersk and MSC, Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company has invested in new container handling equipment and technological capabilities.