Three-year modernisation project for South Florida Container Terminal nears completion

Three-year modernisation project for South Florida Container Terminal nears completion
CMA CGM Christopher Columb at SFCT

South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) has begun to close in on the completion of its three-year modernisation project to prepare for future growth.

The project focused on transforming the land into a more sustainable operation with new, electric rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes and added cargo storage space using a densification model which allows 2.5 times more usability in the container yard than before.

Mark Bake, director of SFCT, said: “We’ve designed the terminal to help logistics flow smoother to Florida customers while being quieter, cleaner and safer for our labour partners and neighbouring communities.

“We can handle more cargo in a smaller footprint while still serving large ships with out 50’ depth and electric gantry cranes.”

Thanks to its new fleet of RTGs, SFCT is the first container terminal in the US with a 100% electric fleet with zero emissions in the container yard.

New, touchless gate kiosk were added to the terminal in 2020 to improve the trucker experience.

Truckers now enter and exit through weigh-in-motion scales that safely process their cargo information and keeps them moving safely and efficiently through the terminal.

The SFCT modernisation project aligns with Port Miami’s master plan which includes US$38m in port infrastructure improvements.

SFCT’s new capabilities were successfully tested on larger ships on April 6 when the 15,035 teu CMA CGM Argentina arrived and on March 16 with the arrival of the 13,344 teu CMA CGM Christophe Columb.

Miami is the first port of call for Florida-bound cargo from Latin America and Asia and is the closest US port to the Panama Canal.

It is ideal for Latin American connections with close proximity to the Miami International Airport for sea-air business and the Greater Miami Free Trade Zone.

Melinda Damico, head of growth for Maersk Customs Services, US, said: “We see growth in the Florida market with everything from fresh and frozen food products to high fashion and luxury goods.

“This is an important gateway market for a wide range of important consumer goods.”