PortMiami is counting down for the completion of the Deep Dredge project that is deepening the Port’s main harbor channel from -42 feet to a depth of -50/52 feet. PortMiami will be the only major global logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling bigger post-Panamax vessels.
More than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects are transforming PortMiami. Already in place are:
- Super Post-Panamax Gantry Cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide with up to nine containers high above deck and eleven containers below deck;
- Intermodal/Freight Rail Service in partnership with Florida East Coast Railway linking PortMiami to 70% of the U.S. population in four days or less; as well as a new
- PortMiami Tunnel linking the Port directly to the United States Interstate Highway System. These projects are providing the world’s top ocean carriers with the convenience of fast, reliable quality service.
In addition to the already completed infrastructure improvements, the newly deepened PortMiami will be a viable option for trade and commerce from the Southeastern United States to reach markets worldwide. This paves the way for the Port to become an even more reliable transshipment hub in the region.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the countdown to the completion of the deep dredge a “major milestone” for not only PortMiami and Miami-Dade County, but for all of Florida, which will benefit from increased trade opportunities once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2016.
The completion of the deep dredge project will ensure that PortMiami remains competitive in the global marketplace.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is managing the project. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC, is the contractor that was selected for the deepening of PortMiami’s channel to -50/52 feet. Dredging began in August 2013 and will be completed in Summer 2015, before the opening of the expanded Panama Canal.