(September 26, 2003) --- Containerized cargo throughput at Broward County's Port Everglades increased by 20 percent in July for a total of 239,721 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the standard measuring tool for containerized cargo) moving through the South Florida seaport, according to a report released by P.I.E.R.S. Trade Information Service.
The increase establishes Port Everglades as the 12th busiest container port in the United States in a field of approximately 45 major seaports.
"Our marine terminal operators and carriers are increasingly successful at developing new business and container traffic through Port Everglades," says Port Director Ken Krauter. "We look forward to seeing further tonnage growth in the coming months as these new services continue to develop."
On October 15, six well-known local and international companies will present proposals to operate a new 36-acre marine terminal in the port's Southport Cargo Container Complex.
Port Everglades Trade Development Director Carlos Buqueras attributes the increase to the start up of two new Far East direct services (AUX and PEX) and the new Americas Service to South America's west coast (vessel sharing agreement between Chilean Line, CCNI, APL, CMA-CGM, Hamburg Sud), CCNI/CP Ships new Caribbean loop (vessel sharing agreement between CCNI, CP Ships Lykes Line and soon to join Maruba Line) and increased volumes from several of the port's established carriers.
Port Everglades is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. During fiscal year 2002, a total of 1,859 container ships docked at the port. More than 20 shipping lines currently call on Port Everglades. More information is available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port or by calling 954-523-3404.