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Deputy Mayor Osterholt addresses the audience
PortMiami Hosts Caribbean Shipping Conference
PortMiami, in collaboration with the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), recently hosted the 13th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference. The three-day event included seminars and networking events focused on a variety of topics related to cruise, cargo and trade in the Caribbean, including port security and the Panama Canal expansion project. Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, delivered the keynote address, highlighting the valuable relationship between Miami and the Caribbean region.

Book a Cruise!
Book a Cruise
This Summer!
PortMiami, your Cruise Capital of the World, is home to 13 cruise brands and 30-plus ships. Let one of them carry you away this summer! With itineraries that include destinations throughout the Caribbean, the Americas, and even transatlantic crossings, PortMiami has something for every taste and budget. Check out our online Cruise Guide for more information.

USAfrica Air Summit
USAfrica Air Summit 
PortMiami recently co-sponsored the USAfrica Air Transportation Summit, a conference focused on the barriers and solutions to expanding air service between the United States and Africa. This year’s theme was Technology as a Driver of U.S.-Africa Air Service and Trade Development. Conference participants included delegates from across Africa, air transportation professionals and others who collaborated on discussions centered on the policy, infrastructure and capacity building needs in Africa.

PortMiami Tunnel - Almost There!

PortMiami Tunnel
After decades of planning and 4 years of construction, the PortMiami Tunnel will be open for use in the coming weeks.  The Port and its tunnel partners recently hosted an opening ceremony that included Governor Scott, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and several other local officials. The Tunnel provides the only direct link between PortMiami and the U.S. Interstate system, running beneath Biscayne Bay and connecting the Port to I-395.  A public-private-partnership that has been praised on the national level as a shining example of such projects, the Port Tunnel is one of the most modern and safest in the country.

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Port Welcomes New Director
PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla
PortMiami is excited to welcome its new Port Director, Juan M. Kuryla.
Mr. Kuryla began his career with Miami-Dade County in 1987 at the Parks and Recreation Department, and joined the PortMiami team in 1998 where he began as Assistant to the Port Director. After working his way through several departments at the Port, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Director Designee in May 2013 before taking over as Director last April. We thank our Former Director, Bill Johnson, for his years of service and dedication to PortMiami and proudly welcome Mr. Kuryla to his new role.

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Florida World Trade Month 2014
Florida World Trade MonthFlorida World Trade Month is celebrated in May and this year World Trade Center Miami, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Florida teamed up for another successful series of events. Activities included seminars, workshops and trade missions aimed at increasing awareness about international trade and its contribution to job creation and corporate growth. PortMiami supported the efforts via their social media outlets and by hosting a number of events and Port tours.

Even More Ships!
Even More Ships!Costa Cruises recently announced the addition of a second ship to their PortMiami line-up for this winter’s cruise season. The Costa Luminosa will return to PortMiami for 10-night cruises to the Caribbean, including stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos and Honduras. The Costa Mediterranea will sail 7-night Caribbean cruises from the Port, though ports of call for this ship are still being finalized. Costa, an Italian cruise line based in Genoa, Italy, first called on PortMiami in 2007. The Port looks forward to an expanded Costa family. Benvenuti Costa Mediterranea!

Take a Bow - Commemorating a Legend
Commemorating a LegendMiami, Florida's Northwest 2nd Avenue, site of the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) Local #1416, was recently renamed Clarence Pittman, Jr. Avenue after the well-loved labor leader who served for three decades as the local's President. Mr. Pittman, known for his efficiency, gentleness, and decisiveness, died in December 2013 at the age of 80. He was a valuable leader for an organization that provides thousands of job opportunities to local workers in the cruise and cargo business at PortMiami.

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