Deeper channels and enhanced on-dock and connective infrastructure, as well as new service offerings, are becoming downright commonplace at ports along the East Coast of the Sunshine State.
The Panama Canal expansion, expected to finally be completed later this year, has been a propelling force, while the opening of Cuba to post-embargo maritime commerce promises to drive additional future volumes for some Florida Atlantic ports.
Here’s the latest, starting in Miami and moving northward up the Florida coast to just south of the Georgia line:
With its newly achieved 50-foot channel and alongside berth depths, Miami-Dade County’s PortMiami, having completed more than $1 billion in infrastructure projects, is positioning to handle the larger containerships with capacities of as many as 13,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units that will be able to transit the expanded Panama Canal.
In addition to the Deep Dredge project, completed last summer, PortMiami now counts six super-post-Panamax cranes among its contingent of 13 container gantries. Its multimodal links have been significantly enhanced with the opening, in conjunction with Florida East Coast Railway, of on-dock intermodal rail service and entering into service of the new PortMiami Tunnel, carrying traffic beneath Biscayne Bay to directly access the Interstate highway system.
PortMiami, which in mid-2015 saw the return of service by Hamburg Süd, receives calls from Asia via three of the world’s four largest ocean carrier alliances, augmenting the port’s traditional strength in Latin American and Caribbean trades. This activity helped PortMiami eclipse the 1 million TEU mark in containerized cargo moves in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015, the port’s best performance in a decade.