The 5,094 TEU CMA CGM MARLIN ushered in the big ship era at the PortMiami by becoming the first vessel to test the freshly deepened bay which can now accommodate post-Panamax ships expected to start traversing the expanded Panama Canal as of April 2016.
The grand celebration for the completion of PortMiami’s -50/-52 ft. Deep Dredge project and On-dock Intermodal Rail took place on September 18 at PortMiami.
With the USD 1 billion project complete, PortMiami became the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels.
PortMiami now offers Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and eleven containers below.
“When bigger ships start transiting through the expanded waterway next year, deep ports like Miami will transform maritime trade on a global scale,” said CEO of the Panama Canal Authority Jorge L. Quijano.
“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with PortMiami and are certain that the synergies achieved through the Deep Dredge and the Panama Canal expansion projects will boost international trade and contribute to future economic growth by increasing job opportunities and revenues at both PortMiami and the Panama Canal.”