South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) and PortMiami recently celebrated a groundbreaking event for the launch of a new Cargo Densification project. This project will increase the terminal’s operational capacity by making infrastructure improvements that will allow its container storage equipment to convert from top lift loaders to electrified rubber tired gantry (eRTG). With this modification, SFCT will service its customers in a more efficient and expedited manner. In addition, it will assist SFCT in reducing its operational carbon footprint by 10% per year, which aligns with PortMiami’s sustainability initiative.
SFCT is seeing increasing container traffic, thanks in part to the growth in cargo throughput taking place at PortMiami. Port officials attribute the growth to a strong balance of global trade and more than $1 billion of completed capital infrastructure improvements including a completed -50/-52 ft. dredge project, on-dock intermodal rail, and the acquisition of new Super Post-Panamax cranes. To date, the Port has welcomed more than 260 Post-Panamax vessels that could not have called without the completion of these projects.
“We at SFCT are very pleased to enter into this public-private partnership with PortMiami on our eRTG project,” said SFCT President Mark Baker. “These six new machines will usher in a new era, allowing us to densify the terminal to be able to handle the increase in cargo for the future of both SFCT and PortMiami. These machines will be operated by specially trained longshoremen from the ILA, and will allow us to handle approximately two and half times the containers on a lesser footprint. We thank Miami-Dade County officials, Port Director Juan Kuryla and his team for inititative and foresight pertaining to this project. It is a win-win fort PortMiami, SFCT and all our customers.”
“We’re seeing growth thanks to completed capital infrastructure and a strong balance of trade,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “The Port has welcomed close to 300 Post-Panamax vessels that could not have called without the completion of the deep dredge project, or without the acquisition of new Super Post-Panamax cranes. We will continue to invest and adapt to the industry in order to remain competitive in today’s evolving marketplace. This cargo densification project is another testament of our commitment to keeping PortMiami ahead of the game.”
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