PortMiami is among America’s busiest cargo ports and is recognized around the globe as the Cruise Capital of the World and Cargo Gateway of the Americas. It approached the five-million mark for cruise passengers during the 2016 cruise season and that figure is expected to increase further in 2017.
Infrastructure improvements started in 2016 included the site preparation of a new cruise terminal A for Royal Caribbean and expansions to cruise terminal F to welcome the MSC Vista.. Expected for 2017, include: additional cruise terminal expansions, roadway alignments for cruise and cargo traffic, a new modern cargo gate system, improvements to cargo yards for eRTGs, and a centralized customs inspection area, The Port’s capital program totals more than $1 billion in projects recently completed or nearing completion.
As of September 2015, the Port can now welcome mega-size cargo ships – ahead of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. PortMiami and the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) reintroduced the on-dock rail Sunshine Gateway service, connecting the Port to the Hialeah Rail Yard with links to the national rail system, which allows shippers to reach 70 percent of the U.S. population in less than four days. The deepening of the harbor and directly connecting the Port to rail and highway systems enables PortMiami to increase its cargo and create thousands of new jobs throughout Florida.
PortMiami is home to the world’s leading cruise lines: Aida Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Fathom, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P & O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Resorts World Bimini, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourne, TUI and Virgin Cruises. New for the 2016-17 cruise season the Port will welcome newbuild ships the Carnival Vista and Regent Seven Seas Explorer.
PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the south Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000 jobs.
Goals & Objectives
• Capture new trade with Asian markets leveraging the -50/-52 foot channel, as well as continue to expand as an important north-south trade hub and to maximize trade opportunities with the growing Latin American markets.
• Expand intermodal infrastructure, in partnership with the state, to include rail and highway links, and encourage commercial real estate development such as warehousing.
• Market PortMiami’s Foreign Trade Zone 281 to make Miami-Dade County’s international trading community more profitable and competitive by providing quick and easy access to FTZ benefits.
• Continue to grow as the ‘Perishables Gateway of the Americas’ serving as shippers’ preferred entry point to markets nationwide.
Current or Planned Investments
|PortMiami is planning for expansion, both in cruise and cargo business. Capital projects needed include: expansion to existing terminals, new cruise terminals and berths, additional intermodal and parking facilities, ferry terminals, additional cargo laydown area, consolidation of warehouse functions, roadway realignments, modernization of cargo terminals through investment in higher efficiency equipment, eRTGs, a new modern gate system, inland terminal area, bulkhead improvements, infrastructure improvements, and procurement of additional Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes.|
|• Between 2014 and 2015, the Port completed three very significant projects, which were:
• The PortMiami Deep Dredge in September 2015. Construction of a $50-million Rail Rehabilitation and Intermodal Rail Yard, which was part of the federally funded TIGER II. Construction of the Port Tunnel in August 2014, linking the Port directly with the U.S. Interstate.
• For the 2016-17 season, the Port completed modifications to cruise terminal D for the Carnival Vista and first phases of automation of Cruise Terminal J. Additionally, the Port completed an Identifier Lab for USDA.
|For east-west trade the hinterland extends from the south Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach throughout the state. For north-south trade it includes all of Florida and extends into the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest of the United States.|
|• PortMiami’s top trade partners in 2016: China, Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama.
• PortMiami’s top trade commodities in 2016: Furniture, Machinery, Waste Product, Apparel, Beverages.
|PortMiami’s mission is to operate and further develop the world’s leading cruise port and the largest container port in the State of Florida; to maximize its assets and strengthen its advantage for future growth; promote international trade and commerce as a vital link between North and South America and a growing center for global trade; support sustainability and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.|