Miami Port (USMIA)

Port Code USMIA City Miami
Port Name MIAMI,FL Country/Region USA FL
Category Port City Route EASTERN AMERICA
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Main Port

Introduction of Miami Port (USMIA)


The Port of Miami is a port located in Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida, United States, from New York to 813 nautical miles to the north, to Charleston 282 nautical miles, to the south to Havana, Cuba, 210 nautical miles, and to Cologne, Panama via the Florida Strait, to 1220. Nautical miles. The main body of the Port of Miami is located on an island, connected to the downtown area of ​​Miami by a tunnel. It is located at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, along the shore of two artificial islands filled by the port terminal in the seaside lagoon. The artificial islands are lined up in the northwest, southeast and southeast. There are bridges and land connections. Ships entering the port need to go through a deep-dug beach canal with a water depth of 11 meters. In the port, there is a pier with a water depth of more than 7.6 meters and a shoreline of 3,837 meters, of which a deep-water pier line with a water depth of 9.5 meters or more is 2,610 meters. It mainly loads and unloads containers and groceries, as well as vehicles and passengers entering and exiting. Various industrial products, raw materials, wood, newsprint; export vegetables, tropical fruits, electrical appliances, meters, etc.

The Port of Miami is recognized as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and "Cargo Gateway to the Americas". It has the world's number one cruise ship and has served world-class large cruise companies including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line for 20 years. As the "freight gateway to the Americas", the port mainly handles a small amount of bulk cargo, containers of automobiles and industrial equipment. It is the largest container port in Florida and the eighth largest container port in the United States. The Port of Miami is an indispensable part of southern Florida and the US economy. In the 2004-2005 fiscal year, more than 4 million cruise ship passengers, 7.4 million tons of cargo and more than 1 million TEUs of intermodal container transportation passed through the port. Bringing 17 billion in revenue for Miami, and freight accounted for 14 billion. As early as 1997, the Port of Miami invested 250 million US dollars in port construction to maintain the port’s competitiveness in the world and meet the needs of the world’s ship operations, passengers, and freight. The port currently operates 8 passenger terminals, 6 gantry crane terminals, 7 ro-ro terminals, 4 refrigerated containers, bulk cargo warehouses and 9 gantry container handling cranes. In addition, port tenants operate cruise ships and cargo terminals, which include their cargo handling and support equipment. In addition, the Port of Miami has purchased two of the most advanced super-Panamax gantry cranes in the United States, capable of handling 22 containers (each 8-foot model) or a giant container ship close to 200 feet wide. In addition, the implementation of the port of Miami's dredging project will facilitate the passage of the Maersk 3E-class container ship, the world's largest container ship in the future. In order to enhance the transportation convenience of the cargo port, the Miami Tunnel connected to the port has a new safety gate at the end of 2006 to increase the handling speed of container trucks and reduce the accumulation of passenger flow. There are 4 major projects that involve the Port of Miami plan to be done before 2014: expansion of the Panama Canal, deep dredging project of the Port of Miami, restoration of the bridge and railway at the entrance of the Miami tunnel, and connection of the Miami terminal to the mainland. At present, the largest vessel capacity berthed in the port is 4200 TEUs. After expansion and dredging, ships of 7500 to 8500 TEUs can be provided.

Miami is the eighth largest port in the United States, the largest port in Florida, and the southern gate of the United States. International container ships from more than 100 countries and regions around the world can directly call the port through the Gulf Stream channel that is 1.5 nautical miles long, 152.4 meters wide, and 12.8 meters low tide. Among them are container ships of more than 20 large and medium-sized ocean carriers in more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The container terminal is located at the southeastern tip of Miami's Lumus Island. In 2005, the container throughput of the Port of Miami reached 1.05 million TEUs. The Miami container terminal is fully connected to railways and highways, and is networked with the U.S. and Canada railway lines and highway lines. As the Miami container hub port with the largest scale, the most advanced loading and unloading equipment, and the highest level of management and operation in the southern coastal area of ​​the United States, it can handle 16 large and medium-sized container ships at the same time. The Port of Miami works day and night, 7 days a week, and the work efficiency is very high. Each year, 175,000 container ships enter and leave the Port of Miami. As it is located in the Caribbean Sea, it is the necessary place for many container ships on the North-South route and the Panama Canal route. Therefore, the Port of Miami attaches great importance to the distribution and transshipment of containers. The berth dredging project of the Port of Miami Waterway invested USD 125 million and was completed in the first half of 2003. All Panamax container ships can enter the Port of Miami to call.

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Summary of USMIA

The Port of Miami (Port Code:USMIA), styled as "Port Miami" but formally the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami, is a major seaport located in Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Miami River in Miami, Florida. It is the largest passenger port in the world, and one of the largest cargo ports in the United States. It is connected to Downtown Miami by Port Boulevard—a causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway—and to the neighboring Watson Island via the PortMiami Tunnel. The port is located on Dodge Island, which is the combination of three historic islands (Dodge, Lummus and Sam's Islands) that have since been combined into one. It is named in honor of 19-term Florida Congressman Dante Fascell.
It accommodates major cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney, and MSC, among others, and also serves as the homeport of the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, Symphony of the Seas. Over 5.5 million cruise passengers pass through the port each year (FY2018/2019).
As of July 2020, there are seven operating passenger terminal facilities at PortMiami: A, C, D, E, F, G, and J. Of the seven, there is one facility that is purpose-built for a specific company, while other companies share the other terminals. Five more company-specific facilities are in their planning or construction stages.

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