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PortMiami Welcomes Florida's Largest Container Ship Ever

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Published Apr 6, 2021 5:22 PM by The Maritime Executive

On Tuesday, PortMiami welcomed the 15,000 TEU CMA CGM Argentina, the largest container ship ever to call at a port in Florida. 

The Neopanamax vessel arrived in Miami via PNYNJ, the Port of Virginia and the Port of Savannah. Her arrival heralds a new era for South Florida port operations, and it reflects the considerable efforts that PortMiami has made to upgrade its cargo facilities in recent years - like dredging its entrance channel to 50-52 feet, buying new Super-Post-Panamax STS cranes, upgrading to new electric RTGs at the South Florida Container Terminal and installing new on-dock rail access. 

These improvements have yielded dividends for the port in the form of more liner services and new Neopanamax boxship traffic from the expanded Panama Canal. Miami's annual container volumes have risen to exceed one million TEU per year, and in January, the port handled a record-setting 113,000 TEU - an increase of 20 percent over the previous monthly record.

“Miami-Dade County is a major global hub for trade and commerce, and cargo continues to create jobs and expand opportunities across our community. As we look to rebuild an even stronger, more resilient economy, the seaport is critical to our long-term sustainable growth and prosperity," said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.