PortMiami No. 1 on east coast for productivity, performance

PortMiami has been ranked tops for Port Productivity and Performance in the 2014 edition of “Top Ports in the United States’ published by the Journal of Commerce (JOC).

“This award recognizes PortMiami as a major global logistics hub in the Americas,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“Congratulations to the entire PortMiami team and dedicated port partners that include cargo terminals, stevedores, steamship lines, and International Longshoremen Association’s Local 1922 and 1416, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others.

“Solid partnerships and continued commitment to growing the port’s business allows Miami-Dade County to stay competitive and generate an economic impact of approximately $28 billion and more than 200,000 jobs a year,” the mayor added.
The JOC is among the most distinguished trade publications in the United States. In the November 2014 release of JOC Port Productivity data, PortMiami will be the recipient of the JOC Port Productivity Award for the second most productive port in the United States, and tops on the east coast, based on first-half 2014 data. The award stems from a global JOC Port Productivity Study of berth productivity at ports and terminals as defined by total container moves per hour between ship arrival and departure.

More than $1 billion of major infrastructure projects are transforming PortMiami. A number of large infrastructure projects — comprising one of the most ambitious improvement programs in its history — are providing customers with fast and efficient access to port facilities and new connections to markets worldwide.

“At PortMiami we have the infrastructure in place to provide the world’s top shipping lines the best quality of service; i.e., new Super-post Panamax gantry cranes, a recently opened restack facility, new ondock rail service, as well as a new tunnel linking the port directly to Florida’s Interstate Highway System,” said Juan M. Kuryla, port director. “The key to our success is largely dependent on the continued partnership and efforts of our primary stakeholders. Together, we make sure that every port user can efficiently conduct business at PortMiami, where we believe time is money. Our customers are our priority.” PortMiami received “No. 2 Port in the U.S. in Port Productivity” designation as a result of averaging an impressive 75 container moves per hour between ship arrival and departure. The port will be honored with an award at the Journal of Commerce Port Performance Conference at the Newark Club, in Newark, NJ, on Dec. 1.

PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the Cruise Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas.

PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000.

For more information visit www.miamidade.gov/portmiami.

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