PortMiami continues to fortify cargo commerce

With bigger ships and ever-increasing operations, PortMiami is thriving thanks to over $1 billion dedicated to recent infrastructure projects, plus superior access and connectivity for large vessels, officials announced recently from Miami.

Reporting an increase of 8 percent in the first four months of FY 2015-16, the global gateway, which supports 207,000 jobs, also saw shipping increase approximately 20 percent in January alone, a significant growth indicator.

"The world is taking notice of PortMiami's continued growth and performance," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. "I'm proud that PortMiami was recently ranked among the fastest-growing seaports in the nation, and we're just getting started."

Miami provides shippers the deepest channel in the southeastern part of the U.S., its 50- to 52-foot depth able to accommodate wide vessels and offering accessibility to multimodal transportation options, including the eminent Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) as well as the U.S. interstate highway system.

"Together the Port and FECR move a variety of goods ranging from grain and food products to electronics, furniture and waste products. Accompanying the Port's growth, FECR saw a substantial increase from the previous year in intermodal volume at the on-dock rail facility," Jim Hertwig, FECR’s president and CEO, said. "Today we are positioned to support vessels capable of hauling more than 10,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), and FECR will continue to promote multi-modal shipping and support global trade into and out of South Florida, alongside our partners at PortMiami."

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