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USA – Port Manatee sees record throughput

Port Manatee is on target for record container volumes for a 12-month period. In the 10 months from 1 October 2016, the port saw moves totaling 32,907 TEU – significantly more than the full-year high mark of 30,431 TEU established in the fiscal year to end September 2010.

Total container volume for the first 10 months of fiscal 2017 is up 47 per cent compared with the first 10 months of the preceding fiscal year.

The dramatic rise is being attributed to the ongoing transition from breakbulk to containers by key tenant Del Monte Fresh Produce, which uses Port Manatee for its imports of Central American pineapples and bananas, as well as to the continuing success of World Direct Shipping’s weekly service, which has brought refrigerated produce from Mexico since November 2014.

The port’s overall tonnage, including bulk and general cargoes in addition to containers, is also up. For the 10-month period from 1 October 2016 Port Manatee had a total throughput of 6,438,146 tons, up 17 per cent from the comparable period a year earlier.


USA– Canaveral Terminal contractor chosen

Canaveral Port Authority has contracted CH2M Engineering to provide the waterside design, engineering and support services for the port’s new Cruise Terminal 3.

It’s the first step in a two-year project to build the new terminal, which will serve cruise ships of up to 8,000 passengers capacity. The new facility will replace one of the port’s older cruise terminals, currently used by port-of-call vessels on single-day visits.

CPA will invest US$ 150 million in the new terminal, due for completion in 2019. When it enters service, the terminal is expected to support nearly 4,000 permanent jobs. The work is being coordinated with the port’s overall modernization and improvement plans, including the deepening and widening of the access channel and repairs and improvements to cargo piers.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Caucedo handles record-size ship

DP World Caucedo handled its largest-ever ship in July when the 351 meter long ‘Cosco Yantian’ called at the port. Arriving from the Far East, the 9,469 TEU vessel is owned by Costamare Shipping but operated by the Chinese carrier COSCO.


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