SkyscraperCity Forum banner
1 - 17 of 17 Posts

139,292 Posts
UNITED STATES - PortMiami - Port of Miami

cruise ships in the port of miami by lonnypaul, on Flickr


Bush touts Miami's port as key for international trade
31 July 2006

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Bush's visit to the Port of Miami on Monday highlighted its importance in the arena of international trade and drew criticism from Democrats who claim Republicans have not done enough to strengthen port security.

Bush, who toured the port's cargo operations on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter used for migrant interdiction and drug enforcement, touted the facility's status as a key cog in trade with Latin America while also calling it the world's largest cruise port.

"The port is known as `The Gateway of the Americas' for a reason, because international trade is one of the key reasons why Miami prospers," Bush told a crowd gathered at the Coast Guard station east of Miami's downtown. "I don't know if the folks realize that because of trade -- in other words, the ability to move products overseas -- 120,000 jobs here in this part of the world are supported by trade."

Miami's port contributes over $16 billion annually directly and indirectly to the South Florida economy, and saw 5.7 million tons of imported cargo and 3.7 million tons in exports in the last fiscal year, port statistics showed. The 9.4 million tons of total cargo represents a 2.6 increase, and the $85 million in revenues from fiscal year 2005 represents a 7.3 percent increase from the year before.

The port handles more cargo going to and from Latin America and the Caribbean than any other part of the world -- some 5.1 million tons in the past fiscal year.

With his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, sitting nearby, the president noted that Florida' imports to Mexico have increased dramatically since NAFTA was passed, and the state's trade with Chile was up since trade agreements was signed with the South American nation.

"Exports means work. Exports means vitality at our ports," Bush said.

Bush also discussed the port's busy cruise travel. The port, which hosts ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises and other lines, saw about 3.6 million vacationers some through its terminals last year, a 3 percent increase from 2004.

As port traffic increases, Acting Director Bill Johnson said about $500 million in improvements for the cruise and cargo facilities are planned within the next five to seven years. Among those is a planned dredging of the port to make it 8 feet deeper, to 50 feet, making it the only deep water port south of Virginia, Johnson said.

Johnson said a planned 16-gate access point for trucks carrying cargo and materials is to open in March 2007 and would address a major complaint with the port -- accessibility. Motorists and truckers have complained that the entrance to the port is too congested and traffic is a headache.

Other planned improvements include new cargo facilities, cruise terminals, parking garages and an office building, Johnson said.

In addition to the new lanes, a proposed four lane, $1 billion underwater tunnel would let commercial trucks, buses and other vehicles to more easily enter the port. The tunnel is to be funded by the state and Miami-Dade County, and it is separate from the $500 million proposal.

"We're doing OK today, but I want to look all 520 acres and see at how they're being utilized and what the rate of return per acre is," Johnson said.

Bush also discussed port security, saying that $700 million in grants have been approved since Sept. 11, 2001 to improve security. The Port of Miami-Dade received about $25 million of those grants, Bush said.

But Democrats have long complained that the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress has not adequately addressed port security over the past five years.

In a July 11 release, Senate Democrats claimed there was a lack of unity and coordination among agencies responsible for port security, and problems in detecting dangerous cargo. The Senate Democrats also claimed there was insufficient or flawed radiation detection equipment and listed past efforts to raise port security funding that failed along congressional party lines.

A Monday update noted that a Bush veto possibility led the Senate to strip out Democratic initiatives to increase port security in June. The Senate in July approved spending an additional $648 million for ports security.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said Monday that aviation security has received 18 times more money than port security since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

"While aviation security is important, 95 percent of our foreign trade is handled by U.S. ports," Wasserman Schultz said. "This neglect of our nations port security cannot be allowed to continue."

2,697 Posts

Miami, Port Everglades eye cruise terminal plans

Friday, April 2, 2010 | Modified: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Miami, Port Everglades eye cruise terminal plansSouth Florida Business Journal - by Kevin Gale

Port Everglades and the Port of Miami are looking at major new investments in cruise ship terminals, which would underscore their roles as the world's busiest cruise ports.

The Port of Miami is in the conceptual stages of planning a large, airport-like terminal that could serve multiple cruise lines as part of a forthcoming master plan.

Broward County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $29.5 makeover of Carnival Corp. and PLC's terminals at Port Everglades.

Most of the port's passenger terminals started out as cargo warehouses with catch as catch can updates, so the planned changes will help streamline operations, said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen.

"As the ships have gotten larger, it becomes more important that you are able to handle disembarkation and embarkation passengers almost simultaneously,"Allen said. "You need to be handling that dual flow and handling the storage trucks that have to supply the ships. You have to handle the taxis and buses that are transportating people back and forth from Fort Lauderdale International Airport."

Carnival (NYSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) would agree to gradually increase its guarantee of minimum passenger movements by 60 percent at Port Everglades.

The Port Everglades deal would be an economic boost for the region's construction industry by generating 621 jobs to make the improvements, according to an economic study by Martin and Associates.

On March 20, Port Everglades handled 53,365 passengers, a one-day global record for a cruise port. Port Everglades will be nipping at the heels of the Port of Miami for the title of world's busiest cruise port in the upcoming years.

"It's going to be super close to a tie from now until infinity," said Kevin Lynskey, assistant director for the Port of Miami.

He expects Port Everglades will end up with nine full-size terminals capable of serving 1,100-foot long ships while the Port of Miami will end up with eight or nine.

The concept for the new terminal at the Port of Miami, which would be towards the eastern end of Dodge Island, would be to have various cruise lines share some areas, such as security and passenger handling, Lynskey said.

Lynskey said he initially thought the concept wouldn't go over well with the cruise lines, but he has been pleasantly surprised to get positive feedback.

"The overall construction costs goes down and the overall operating costs will go down," he said. If you took two terminals that served 3,500 to 4,000-passengers ships and subtracted about 20 percent of the overall space, that might be about the size of the new terminal concept.

Lynskey declined to provide size or cost estimates, but said the terminal might end up being the biggest in the world – but with the tweak of serving multiple lines.

The Port of Miami is wrapping up a master plan that Lynskey says may be unveiled in a couple of months while Port Everglades completed a master plan two years ago, Allen noted.

Currently, the 240,000-square-foot Terminal 18 at Port Everglades is the world's largest cruise terminal. It handles the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and later this year will handle its sister ship the Allure of the Seas.

Allen said the fact that the $75 million Terminal 18 came in on time and under budget should be a plus when he talks to county commissioners about the plans for Carnival.

The Port of Miami's berthing contracts for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Carnival come up for renewal in three to four years, so that might fit in with a time frame for deciding to building the new terminal, Lynskey said.

Carnival, the world's largest cruise company, and Royal Caribbean (NSYE: RCL), which ranks second, have multiple brands that operate out of each of the ports.

The Carnival deal (downloadable PDF) at Port Everglades would benefit its Carnival, Cunard, Holland America and Princess brands.

The 15-year deal will have a five-year renewal option and initially increase passenger counts by 42 percent from the current minimum guarantees to 60 percent in the final years, according to an agenda item for Tuesday's meeting.

The deal is the result of negotiations that started in late 2007, the agenda item states.

The Miami architectural firm of Bermello Ajamil & Partners would be paid $3.57 million for expedited design work, under the deal being put before commissioners. The deal calls for work on terminal 2 to be done by Dec. 12, 2012; work on terminal 21 to be done by March 4, 2013; work on terminal 19 to be done by March 25, 2013; and work on terminal 26 to be done by June 7, 2013.

Many of the changes involve tweaks to provide more efficient flow of passengers, such as better separating those arriving for cruises and those getting off.

Allen said the time it takes from hitting the curb to boarding the ships is what's most important to passengers and noted comments by Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain that the goal was to board passengers on the Oasis of the Seas within 15 minutes.

Among the major changes, all of the terminal 19 building will be devoted to cruise passengers. Currently 40 percent is used for warehousing and storage.

The pricing in the deal would parallel one in 2007 reached between the county and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the agenda item states.

The deal calls for Carnival to move at least 25.5 million passengers a year over the 15-year term – about 1.66 million a year. That is equivalent to 833,000 passengers arriving and disembarking from a cruise at the port.

The charge per passenger would be $12.42 to $12.85 per movement.

The deal would simplify Carnival's existing fees, which also include itemized charges for the harbormaster, line handling, water, terminal electricity, terminal overtime, discounted wharfage and dockage and security provide by the Broward County Sheriff's Department.

The Martin and Associates study estimates Carnival's operations at the port would have an average annual impact of 6,062 jobs, related personal income of $293.6 million and $21.7 million in state and local taxes.

Allen said he heard statistics during the recent Seatrade conference in Miami that indicated Port Everglades had captured 71 percent of the home port growth for the Caribbean between 2006 and 2010.

Lynskey is optimistic about there being enough growth in Caribbean cruisers for both ports.

"I don't think there is any question that there is another 20 years of full on growth for this industry," he said.

While Europe and Asia are the hot spots for growth in the future even a 2 percent annual growth rate a year in the Caribbean would provide a lot of compounded growth – and it's enough to fill Port Everglades and the Port of Miami," Lynskey said.

3,303 Posts
^It's about time because Miami really needs to expand it's cruise ship capability if it wants to compete with other Florida ports.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,623 Posts
New Cranes Will Bring PortMiami’s Container Handling To New Heights

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – PortMiami is taking its container handling capabilities to new heights Monday with arrival of four new Super-Post Panamax cranes.

The new cranes are arriving Monday after a 60-day plus sea voyage from Shanghai.

The giant gantry cranes will provide the required lift and reach to handle the new generation of super-sized container cargo vessels that will begin passing through the expanded Panama Canal in 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. PortMiami’s new cranes ensure that our cargo yards will be able to handle the increasingly larger vessels calling on Ports around the world.”

With an outreach of 223 feet, the new gantry cranes will service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide with up to nine containers high above deck and eleven containers below deck. That’s compared to a reach of 13 containers on the older and smaller cranes.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,623 Posts
PortMiami's New Post-Panamax Cranes Make Their Very Grand Entrance

Say hello to Miami's newest toys: giant marvels of containerized shipping. They just floated past Fisher Island. Like towering iron masts somehow propelling their ship forward without the help of sails, PortMiami's four brand new and so very mammoth gantry cranes have arrived in Government Cut today after a sixty day voyage from Shanghai. With these puppies, and the port's new deep-as-hell shipping channels, this town will have a port ready for the massive new Post-Panamax ships soon to appear on the scene with the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,623 Posts
Can Miami Attract Large Cargo Ships?

MIAMI—How will the port tunnel help Miami compete? How should owners and operators of industrial properties be gearing up? And where does Miami stand against competitors in Florida and along other coasts in attracting the larger cargo ships? caught up with, Edward W. Easton, chairman of The Easton Group in Miami, to answer those and other questions. His firm owns or leases more than 4.5 million square feet in South Florida, Alabama, and Ohio. The company also has experience in North Carolina, New Jersey and Texas. Click here to read part one of this exclusive interview, Will Rising Rents Send Indutrial Users North of Miami?, if you missed it. How will the port tunnel now help Miami compete? And where will that truck traffic go—to industrial parks in South Florida or onto highways and out of state?

The tunnel will reduce truck time to get on the expressway, which will lower the cost of trucking for those serving the port. Anytime you lower expenses, your port becomes more competitive. Also, the increased cargo traffic that Port Miami captures will make industrial parks busier. Shippers say the impact of a deeper Panama Canal and increased port capacity will be felt not at once, but gradually over the next several years. How should owners and operators of industrial properties be gearing up?

Each business should plan based that on growth and seeking forward commitments. That means thinking about how they use their space now and how much they will need for the foreseeable future. If they can’t expand, they may have to move or start talking to developers about building new space. Will we see more foreign trade zones pop up, like the one for Corropack in Sunrise that was recently approved?

Yes, once the existing ones fill up. But right now the ones in South Florida do not have high occupancy levels. Therefore, you will not see more of them for some time. Where does Miami stand against competitors in Florida and along other coasts in attracting the larger cargo ships?

San Diego has the best port—62 feet deep—and will benefit the most. On the East Coast, no other market operates as well as Miami. We have invested $15 billion on facilities at the port and Miami International Airport for international trade. That's too much money for most cities to commit at one time. We have an international community in place. The other cities that want part of the business—Jacksonville, Houston, Savannah—are dreaming. They’re all good, but Miami is much better positioned.

Downtown Miami by brickbuilder711, on Flickr

27 Posts
Royal Caribbean builds its US largest cruise terminal at PortMiami

The new terminal will encompass 170,000 square feet on 10 acres in the northeast section of the port now used by cargo ships. Royal Caribbean will lease the land while owning, operating and maintaining the terminal.
Once completed in October, 2018 Terminal A will be LEED certified and will employ the best technologies to deliver a state-of-the-art guest experience.
Royal Caribbean will generate at least 1.8 mln travelers at PortMiami, which is 30% of the port’s projected passenger traffic. Today Miami welcomes approximately 750,000 Royal Caribbean passengers annually, about 15% of its overall passenger traffic.

Read full article on our website:


3,303 Posts
Terminal For World’s Largest Cruise Ship Is Rising At PortMiami

By TNM Staff on November 30, 2017

A new state-of-the-art terminal is now rising out of the ground at PortMiami. By this time next year, the world’s largest cruise ship will be based there.

Cost to build the new terminal is estimated at over $200 million. It is being designed by architecture firm Broadway Malyan, which beat out Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingels and Asymptote.

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, which is currently under construction, and set to become the largest cruise ship in the world, will be based there, with the first sailing in November 2018. Allure of the Seas, which was the world’s largest until recently, will also be based at the terminal.

The 170,000-square-foot Terminal A has been nicknamed Crown of Miami, and is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.