30,000 More Annual Container Moves Anticipated 

BROWARD COUNTY, FLA- Port Everglades expects to gain an additional 30,000 containers annually as King Ocean consolidates several Eastern Caribbean services previously calling Terminal Island in Miami. 

The additional services sail weekly from King Ocean’s Sun Terminal at Port Everglades to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Barth, Nevis, Dominica, Anguilla, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Vincent, Suriname,Guyana and the Dominican Republic. These new services build on King Ocean’s existing services calling at ports in Colombia, Venezuela and Central America. 

King Ocean moved approximately 140,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the standard industry measurement for container volumes) through Port Everglades in fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013), and recently added a 7.3-acre Midport marine terminal to its existing 33.8-acre Southport terminal. 

“King Ocean is a productive container carrier/terminal operator at Port Everglades, generally exceeding Port-wide throughput per acre,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak. “King Ocean’s services are also key to the Port’s market penetration strategies, and are a significant factor in Port Everglades’ position as the number one South Atlantic seaport in containerized ocean cargo trade with the north coast of South America.” 

King Ocean has operated regular weekly multiple container cargo ship services from Port Everglades to the Caribbean, Central America, and the north coast of South America since 1994. Backed by more than 30 years of excellence, King Ocean specializes in various types of containerized and general cargo including, but not limited to raw materials, jewelry and clothing accessories, foodstuffs, refrigerated cargo, vehicles and parts, construction machinery and building materials. 

 At the crossroads of North-South and East-West trade, Port Everglades is Florida’s leading container port, handling nearly one million TEUs annually and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located in Broward County, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of visitors and up to a combined 110 million residents and seasonal visitors within a 500-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the newly opened 43-acre Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) intermodal hub, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion will ensure that Port Everglades can continue to handle future growth in container traffic. More information about Broward County’s Port Everglades is available on the Internet at porteverglades.net or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing Portevergladescargo@broward.org.

Date: August 4, 2014
Media Contact: Ellen Kennedy
Assistant Director, Business Development Division/Communications
Phone: 954-468-3508
Email: ekennedy@broward.org