MIAMI -

In preparation of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, four new cranes designed to handle super-sized container cargo vessels arrived at PortMiami on Monday afternoon.

“The Post-Panamax Era is near at hand,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “The new PortMiami cranes represent an investment that ensures that we remain competitive in the global marketplace.  PortMiami’s new cranes ensure that our cargo yards will be able to handle the increasingly larger vessels calling on Ports around the world.”

The new cranes can reach 22 containers versus 13 containers on the older and smaller cranes.

"The new cranes increase PortMiami’s loading and unloading efficiencies,” said PortMiami Director Bill Johnson. “We set an ambitious goal to double our cargo traffic over the next several years—the new cranes are an important component in our growth strategy.”

The new cranes are among $2 billion in capital improvements at PortMiami, including deepening of the main channel, new on-dock rail, and the port tunnel.