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2016 Florida Export Guide



ortMiami is poised for new growth

ahead of the expansion of the Panama

Canal in 2016.

Already one of America’s busiest

ports, PortMiami can handle container vessels

with more than 40-foot drafts berth, includ-

ing neo-Panamax vessels that can carry up to

14,000 TEUs and transit the new ocean traffic

lane being created in Panama.

“The completion of the Panama Canal ex-

pansion will be a game changer for Miami, as

there is no other port on the east coast, south

of Virginia, capable of handling neo-Panamax

vessels,” says Juan M. Kuryla, director of the

port. “What’s more, cargo shipped via Miami

can reach 70 percent of the U.S. population

within four days.”

Recognized as a global gateway to and from

the United States, PortMiami contributes

more than $27 billion annually to Miami-

Dade County, and generates 207,000 direct,

indirect, and induced jobs.

Containerized cargo volumes are expected to

increase in 2016. PortMiami officials attribute the growth to

more than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects recently

completed at the port.

“Miami now offers shippers and ocean carriers the deepest

channel in the Southeast U.S.,” says Kuryla. “With a channel

over 50 feet deep, PortMiami is the only major U.S. logistics

hub south of Virginia with the ability to handle fully laden

post-Panamax vessels, the biggest containerships capable of

transiting the expanded Panama Canal.”

Boasting 13 container cranes, including six super-post-

Panamax derricks, PortMiami efficiently moves containers on

and off its fortified docks from the largest of ships, while a new

tunnel and on-dock rail facilities swiftly whisk cargo through-

out the southeastern U.S.The fast access tunnel connects the

port directly to the U.S. interstate highway system; and the

Florida East Coast Railway provides on-dock intermodal rail

service, facilitating rapid turnaround time for shipments.

In addition to lift-on/lift-off and roll-on/roll-off container

operations, PortMiami handles refrigerated cargo, break-bulk,

vehicles, and heavy equipment project cargo.

While the Latin American-Caribbean region continues

to account for more than half of PortMiami’s total cargo

business, Asian trade is steadily rising, with multiple weekly

services between Asia and PortMiami via three of the world’s

largest ocean carrier alliances:

• The 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean

Shipping Co.

• The OceanThree or O3 Alliance of CMA CGM, China

Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co.

• The G6 Alliance, bringing together American President

Lines (APL), Hapag- Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine

(HMM), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen

Kaisha (NYK Line) and Orient Overseas Container

Line (OOCL).

PortMiami also is working to grow trade opportunities

with emerging markets such as India, South Africa, and

South Korea.

In an industry that is largely dependent on swift and reliable

service, PortMiami has a proven track record of deploying the

best available technology for the maritime community. “Our

top priority is our customer,” says Kuryla. “PortMiami is com-

mitted to facilitating trade, commerce and tourism.”

PortMiami: Ready for Post-Panamax Vessels

“The completion of the Panama Canal

expansion will be a game changer for

Miami, as there is no other port on the

east coast, south of Virginia, capable of

handling neo-Panamax vessels.”

—JuanM. Kuryla, director of PortMiami.