With several having enjoyed landmark years in 2016, ports along the Atlantic Coast of Florida are advancing infrastructure enhancements to accommodate still greater cargo volumes.
From deepening of channels to adding more extra-large container cranes to establishing better rail and road links, numerous projects are moving ahead to efficiently handle increasing demands.
Here’s the dish, beginning in Miami and heading north up the East Coast of Florida to just south of the Georgia line:
“Big Ship Ready” continues to be the mantra at Miami-Dade County’s PortMiami, which over the past few years has completed more than $1.3 billion in infrastructure enhancements, making it prepared to handle containerships carrying as many as 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo.
The project bringing its channel and alongside berth depths to 50 feet was finished in mid-2015, a year in advance of completion of wider Panama Canal locks, while on-dock intermodal rail service via Florida East Coast Railway and the new PortMiami Tunnel beneath Biscayne Bay provide efficient inland links for the island seaport, which now boasts six super-post-Panamax cranes among its 13 container gantries.
For a second straight fiscal year, PortMiami topped the 1 million TEU mark in containerized cargo moves in the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2016, and it appears on target to maintain that pace in the current fiscal year. The port also announced a world-record 4.98 million handlings of multiday cruise passengers in 2016…
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