February 19, 2016
In January, PCRC president Thomas Kenna hosted members of Floridians for Better Transportation, a Tallahassee-based transportation advocacy association, aboard the PCRC passenger train. For several years, FBT has brought Florida government officials and business leaders to Panama to learn about the Panama Canal expansion project and related logistics services.
The Panama Canal expansion has sparked the competitive imagination of East Coast and Gulf Coast port authorities, who hope to capture some of the 70 percent of U.S. imports currently controlled by West Coast ports.
Florida recently completed a $1 billion harbor deepening project at Port Miami, making it the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels.
Port Miami now offers Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and eleven containers below.
Participating in the visit were Florida Transportation Commission (FTC) Commissioners Maurice Ferré and Jim Sebesta, FTC executive director Brad Swanson, Florida East Coast Industries executive vice president Husein Cumber and FBT president Matthew Ubben.