PortMiami project finished; big ships can come calling

PortMiami project finished; big ships can come calling

The grand celebration for the completion of PortMiami’s -50/-52 foot Deep Dredge project and On-dock Intermodal Rail took place at the Florida port recently.

PortMiami is the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels. More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are now complete and have transformed PortMiami into a major US global gateway.

The port offers Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and 11 containers below. On-dock intermodal rail service in partnership with Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) links PortMiami to 70% of the US population in four days or less. A new fast-access tunnel connects the port directly to the US Interstate Highway System providing rapid turnaround time for movement of import and export goods.

“We congratulate our partner PortMiami on the completion of the Deep Dredge, which will enable big ships to make a direct call,” said Jim Hertwig, FECR president and chief executive officer. “We have come a long way since our On-Dock Rail ground breaking in July 2011, to the completion of the Port Tunnel last year, and now the completion of the Deep Dredge.”

To learn more, see the PortMiami 2015 Cargo video.

PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps generate 207,000 jobs. Go to www.miamidade.gov/portmiami for further details.

FECR is a 351-mile freight rail system along the east coast of Florida. It is the exclusive rail provider for PortMiami, Port Everglades, and the Port of Palm Beach. FECR connects to the national railway system in Jacksonville FL to move cargo originating or terminating there. Based in Jacksonville, FECR provides end-to-end intermodal and carload solutions. For more information, access www.fecrwy.com.

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