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.
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.