South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) in the Port of Miami is close to finishing its three-year modernisation project.

The modernisation project is part of the Port Miami development plan, which includes approximately $38m funding for expanding port infrastructure.

The deployment of new electric rubber tire gantry (RTG) cranes is one part of the modernisation project. Another is the expansion of cargo storage space under a densification model.

This model will create 2.5 times more usability in the yard.

For improving the trucker experience, new touchless gate kiosks were installed last year, which allow truckers to move safely and efficiently through weigh-in-motion scales.

On 6 April, the terminal’s new capabilities were successfully tested on bigger vessels, with the arrival of the 15,052 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel CMA CGM Argentina.

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Last month, the terminal also witnessed the arrival of the 13,344 TEU CMA CGM Christophe Columb.

SFCT director Mark Baker said: “We’ve designed the terminal to help logistics flow smoother to Florida customers while being quieter, cleaner and safer for our labour partners and neighbouring communities.  We can handle more cargo in a smaller footprint while still serving larger ships with our 50ft depth and electric gantry cranes. Our new fleet of RTG cranes represents the first container terminal in the US with a 100% electric fleet with zero emissions in the container yard.”

Maersk customs services USA growth head Melinda Damico added: “We see growth in the Florida market with everything from fresh and frozen food products to high fashion and luxury goods. This is an important gateway market for a wide range of important consumer goods.”

SFCT is a joint venture between Terminal Link Miami, a subsidiary of CMA-CGM, and APM Terminals.