PortMiami awarded $33m in improvement grants

PortMiami awarded $33m in improvement grants

The state of Florida has awarded PortMiami $33m in grants to be used for port improvements in the next five years.

Such improvements are deemed necessary as the effects of the Panama Canal expansion start being felt with the arrivals of ever larger ships. PortMiami is the US container port nearest to the Canal.

Some of the planned improvements will be to a cruise ship terminal but several others are for the cargo side of the business.

Those include buying three super post panamax cranes and other upgrades to cargo yards as well as the development of an inland intermodal facility.

Since 2010 there has been massive investment in PortMiami capital projects, mainly a deep dredge to facilitate larger ships and a road tunnel.

PortMiami seaport, located on Dodge Island in Biscayne Bay, handled just over 1m teus of cargo in 2015.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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