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Maersk Altair
Biggest Ship Ever!
PortMiami recently welcomed Maersk Line’s Maersk Altair, the largest ship to ever call at a port in the Southeastern U.S. The Altair, a 9,800 TEU vessel, is an example of the larger vessels that will begin arriving fully laden at PortMiami once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015.

Port Director Bill Johnson, Commissioner Lynda Bell, Captain Robert Olmer, and Director Designee Juan Kuryla
Disney Magic
Comes to Miami
Disney Cruise Line’s newly re-designed 2,700-passenger Disney Magic, is now part of the PortMiami family. More than 3,000 Imagineers worked on the ship that has been artfully re-fashioned in the incomparable Disney style.

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Port Director Visits Japan
Port Director Attends
Japanese Business Forum 
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson, along with Governor Rick Scott, paid a visit to Tokyo to attend the Florida-Japan Business Forum, hosted by the Japan External Trade Organization. The forum gave Johnson the opportunity to share the Port’s Big Ship Ready message with an international audience, illustrating Miami’s ideal position as a global hub for trade and commerce.

Happy Holidays

MSC Divina Arrives in Style

MSC Divina
Escorted by a trio of metallic red and white Fiat 500s, the MSC Divina arrived last month—the newest addition to the PortMiami fleet. The Divina’s debut marked MSC Cruises' entrance into the Miami market where the luxury line will homeport year around. The Divina sails three- to seven-day itineraries to Caribbean destinations. Welcome to Miami, MSC!

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Let the Digging Begin!
Governor Rick Scott, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Port Director Bill JohsnonGreat Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has begun the digging phase of PortMiami’s Deep Dredge that will deepen the Port’s main harbor channel to -50 feet. Governor Scott and members of the media recently headed offshore to see the hopper dredge, Terrapin Island, at work. The project is expected to take approximately 18 months. Once complete, PortMiami will be able to accommodate the new, mega cargo vessels that will pass through an expanded Panama Canal in mid-2015.

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Florida East Coast Rail Service Returns
Florida East Coast Rail Service Returns For the first time since 2005, Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is operating on-dock freight rail service between PortMiami and the Hialeah Rail Yard. The PortMiami-FEC connection provides a direct link to the national rail system and allows shippers to reach 70% of the U.S. population in 1 – 4 days.

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New Super Post-Panamax Cranes Up & Running
New Super Post-Panamax Cranes Up & RunningFour new Super Post-Panamax cranes are now operational, offloading containers from the expanding roster of larger cargo vessels calling at PortMiami. The new cranes bring the Port’s total up to 13, six of which are Super Post-Panamax. The super-size cranes have an outreach of 22 containers, versus 13 containers on the older models.

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Looking To Boost Transshipment
Looking To Boost TransshipmentPortMiami, in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has established a committee aimed at attracting new transshipment business. PortMiami’s central location makes it an ideal transshipment hub, allowing shippers to efficiently connect with markets around the world. The Transshipment Committee is comprised of shippers, customs brokers, terminal operators and others hoping to increase PortMiami’s share of a business sector that has declined over the past decade.

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First Shipment of Peruvian Grapes Arrives
First Shipment of Peruvian Grapes ArrivesThe first shipment of Peruvian grapes arrived at PortMiami this month as part of a pilot program aimed at increasing the Port’s perishables business. The cold treatment pilot program allows fruits and vegetables to be treated in their home country and then shipped to the U.S. for immediate distribution and sale. The program, several years in the making, is the result of a collective effort by PortMiami, CBP, USDA, and the Florida Perishables Coalition.

Take a Bow - CLIA and PortMiami Get Hands On
International Volunteer DayPortMiami answered the call to this year’s International Volunteer Day by participating in a clean-up at North Shore Open Space Park on North Miami Beach. The day’s project was organized by Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and Hands On Miami. Volunteers worked hard painting fences and helping to remove invasive plant species.

Partners with the Port

Miami Downtown Development Authority The Beacon Council Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce IAPH World Trade Center Miami
AAPA Florida Seaports
CLIA Enterprise FL The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)

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