Port Everglades to break vessel container handling record

Port Everglades to break cargo handling records

Port Everglades in Florida is set to break cargo handling records by processing more containers from one ship than ever before in the port’s history.

Utilising its three new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes and one existing Post-Panamax crane, the port will to move a total of 4,849 containers, equating to nearly 9,000 TEU, after the MSC Rachele has docked.

It will take around 72 hours to complete the off-load and loading process on the 1,095-foot-long container vessel.

The previous record took place on 26 August 2021, with nearly 3,000 containers being moved on a different MSC ship.

This marks the second record broken by Port Everglades in a matter of weeks as it also welcomed the 1,114-foot-long Kotor Bay in December 2021, the longest ship to ever call at the port.

In a recent instalment of PTI’s ‘In conversation with’ series, Jonathan Daniels, CEO of Port Everglades, delved into its Master/Vision Plan which included the arrival of the three new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes.

Adopted in 2020, Daniels highlighted that with the pandemic-driven surge in e-commerce demand, investment priorities may need to be adjusted.

“We’re going to take a look at Phase Two and Phase Three [of the Master/Vision Plan]. Some of the investments that we’re looking at down the line and possibly being able to bring those forward into our next phase. Some of the things that may have been kept off now need to become really extreme priorities.

“When you take a look at the terminal operators that are looking at integrating brand new appointment systems… we’re looking at both active and passive technology implementation as the utilisation of everything from Transport Management Systems (TMS), Parking Management Systems (PMS), [and] camera systems that provide real-time information from the trucker’s perspective.”

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