Container cargo up 7 percent through Miami port

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Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:45 AM
Container cargo up 7 percent through Miami port

Container cargo traffic through Port Miami rose 7 percent in the most recent fiscal year, solidifying its status as the top container port in Florida.

Officials said Wednesday that more than 900,000 container units moved through Port Miami during the 12 months that ended September 30. That's 7 percent more than the previous year, when growth was up 5 percent.

Port Director Bill Johnson says cargo traffic should increase significantly once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2014. Port Miami's depth is scheduled to be increased in time to handle the larger ships that will move through the canal.

Johnson also says more than four million cruise passengers moved through Port Miami, more than any other port in the world. Three new cruise lines are being added to the port this year.