PortMiami posts banner year of nearly 5.6m passenger moves

New ships at PortMiami included Carnival Horizon, shown here being welcomed recently by the Carnival AirShip New ships at PortMiami included Carnival Horizon, shown here being welcomed recently by the Carnival AirShip PHOTO: Carnival Cruise Line

Cruise passenger movements at PortMiami rose 4.7%, to a record 5,592,000, during the 12-month period ending Sept. 30.

New cruise ships and lines

During 2018, Royal Caribbean International added Empress of the Seas sailings and welcomed the newly renovated Mariner of the Seas. Oceania Cruises and Disney Cruise Line extended their winter seasons. The port also welcomed three new cruise lines: Viking Ocean Cruises, Victory Cruise Lines and Seabourn.

Further additions were Carnival Magic and Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Horizon. MSC Cruises also introduced its new MSC Seaside to the lineup.

PortMiami chalked up growth on the cargo side, too, with a 5.8% increase in containerized cargo movements during fiscal 2018, for a total of 1,084,000 TEUs.

Results of $1bn in completed infrastructure

'I am proud to say that today PortMiami is a full-service global hub handling some of the largest vessels in the industry,' Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. 'We’re starting to see the results of more than $1 billion of completed infrastructure and a port team that gets the job done.'

The mayor thanked port employees for their hard work and dedication, while Rebeca Sosa, chair of the county's Economic Development and Tourism Committee, expressed appreciation to cruise and cargo lines, International Longshoremen’s Associations’ Locals 1416 and 1922, Miami-Dade Police and Fire Departments, the Transportation Security Administration, US Customs and Border Protection Miami, US Coast Guard and Biscayne Bay Pilots.

'New facilities, berths and terminals are in the works to accommodate the industry’s new generation of vessels,' Sosa said. 'The future is only getting brighter at our seaport.'

PortMiami contributes more than $43bn annually to Miami-Dade County and generates 334,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

Posted 23 October 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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