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Faster is Fresher
Faster is Fresher for Perishables
When it comes to perishable goods from the Americas and the Caribbean, PortMiami is your express lane to U.S. markets. The Port recently launched a new perishables campaign, Faster is Fresher. The campaign is aimed at promoting PortMiami’s perishables trade that includes fruits, vegetables and seafood from Latin America.

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Busiest Cruise Port
World's #1 Cruise Port
PortMiami continues to hold the distinction as the world’s busiest cruise port, having again welcomed more than four million passengers last year. In 2014, PortMiami is looking forward to a surge in cruise passenger with close to five million passengers moving through its terminals. The Cruise Capital of the World just keeps getting better.

Trade Mission to the Netherlands
Trade Mission to the Netherlands 
Port Director Bill Johnson recently led a team of customs brokers, freight forwarders, and logistics companies on a trade mission to Rotterdam, home to the world’s busiest seaport. The group met with local government officials and visited Wageningen University to discuss best practices regarding the import/export of perishable goods, extending shelf life, and reducing carbon footprints. The delegation also learned about new technologies related to the import of perishable goods such as flowers and fruit.

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Norwegian Getaway - It's so Miami!

NCL Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Getaway, joined the PortMiami fleet in February and will homeport here year round. Pegged as Miami’s Ultimate Ship, the Getaway is the first Miami-themed ship in PortMiami’s fleet. She was constructed over a one-year period in Germany, and features Miami-themed bars, restaurants and artwork throughout the ship. The ships murals include images and themes inspired by her tropical homeport and hull artwork is by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard.

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PortMiami - Economic Powerhouse on the Rise
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson told more than 1,000 business leaders at his 2014 State of the Ports address that Miami's cruise and cargo business will continue to grow at a steady rate in the coming years. Mr. Johnson reported that each of the Port’s major capital improvement projects have reached important milestones, all timed to be completed prior to the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in late 2015. On the cruise side, PortMiami continues to be the world’s busiest cruise port with close to five million passengers expected this year.

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Port Tunnel Opening Soon!
Port TunnelPortMiami’s long-awaited tunnel is scheduled to open in a little over two months. This toll-free, direct route connecting PortMiami to Interstate 95 will alleviate traffic congestion on Miami’s downtown streets and ease access to and from the Port for cargo and cruise passengers alike. Tentative date for the grand opening is May 19th – visit the PortMiami Tunnel website for more information.

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Experience America Experiences Miami
Experience America ProgramMore than 30 diplomats from around the world recently toured PortMiami as a part of their visit to South Florida to hear about the region’s fast growing international trade and commerce industries. The visit was part of the U.S. State Department’s Experience America program aimed at promoting business opportunities and diplomatic ties with cities that host such events. The diplomats, primarily U.S. Ambassadors, learned about potential new trade opportunities expected in this part of the world once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015.

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Take a Bow Employees of the Year!
Employees of the YearCongratulations to PortMiami’s 2013 Employees of the Year, Becky Hope (pictured, left) and Leticia Smith. Smith, a Seaport employee since 2002 now works in the Port’s Procurement Division. Hope manages environmental and mitigation issues on-port and is currently overseeing the Port’s Deep Dredge project, acting as PortMiami’s liaison with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Thank you both for all you do!

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