Port of Miami gears up for post-Panamax era

  • Four super-post Panamax cranes delivered to US port

The Port of Miami has confirmed the delivery of four new super post-Panamax cranes capable of handling the new generation of container vessels transiting the expanded Panama Canal from 2015.

“The post-Panamax era is near at hand,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“The new PortMiami cranes represent an investment that ensures that we remain competitive in the global marketplace.”

The arrival of the cranes brings the total of super post-Panamax units at the US port to six and the total of container handling cranes to 13.

Today, the average container vessels calling on PortMiami have capacities ranging from approximately 3,000 to 4,000 TEU. However, the newer ships arriving from 2015 are nearly double in size with the largest now under construction having TEU capacity topping 15,000 TEU.

The new cranes are among US$2 billion in capital improvements currently underway in Miami. Other on-going infrastructure projects include the deepening of the port’s main channel to as much as 52-feet, new on-dock rail facilities and the completion of the port tunnel.

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