Pictured from left to right, Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
Various state and local elected officials gathered today at Seaboard Marine’s PortMiami Terminal for an important infrastructure announcement. In attendance were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez, Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart, Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez, and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla.
They were joined by the United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who announced a major infrastructure project totaling $43 million in federal funding for improvements in Miami that includes a state-of-the-art off-port fumigation and cold chain processing center as well as a major PortMiami cargo yard resiliency project.
PortMiami CEO Juan Kuryla said, “PortMiami’s contributions to the local economy are built off public-private partnerships, such as those with Seaboard Marine, which represents nearly half of all containerized cargo through our port. PortMiami’s record growth of refrigerated cargo is attributed to the collaborative success of quality of service, attention to detail, and new direct routes from various Latin American markets. These new improvements will build upon such growth and greatly benefit shippers of perishables through PortMiami”.
Seaboard Marine President Edward Gonzalez said, “With the help of the federal, state, and local government, Seaboard Marine has worked collaboratively with PortMiami on many infrastructure projects to strengthen key points of service as well as security while increasing efficiency. We’re always grateful to receive recognition for efforts that benefit both our employees and our valued customers. We are appreciative of the support of Secretary Chao, Governor DeSantis, and the Florida Congressional delegation, as well as Mayor Giménez, the Board of County Commissioners, and Port Director Kuryla. We were delighted to host them at our PortMiami facility”.
With its state, federal, and private-sector partners, such as Seaboard Marine, PortMiami has or will invest over $3 billion in significant infrastructure improvements to support future growth.