German-based, worldwide shipping giant DHL brought 28 international journalists to Port Everglades for a technical tour of Hamburg Süd’s ocean shipping operations at Florida International Terminal (FIT). In addition, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Secretary Jim Wolfe and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca led a discussion about infrastructure investments at Port Everglades and throughout the state that are designed to position Florida as an international trade center, especially for Latin America and China.
DHL’s Roger Crook, Chief Executive Officer of Global Forwarding, and Mathieu Floreani, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Americas, hosted the group of journalists and spoke about the company’s partnership with Hamburg Süd to expand its ocean operations through Port Everglades to meet the increased demand in the Latin American trade. Hamburg Süd, and other global ocean carriers, are using larger ships to carry cargo more efficiently to and from upward trending markets such as South America, Central America and China, Mike Wilson, Hamburg Süd’s Senior Vice President of Business Operations, told the group.
DHL’s long-standing shipping partner, Hamburg Süd, gave the journalists a firsthand tour of their refrigerated cargo operations as they toured the FIT container yard, which is located in the Southport area of Port Everglades.
“We are expanding our facilities to help our customers, such as Hamburg Süd and FIT, handle their customers’ cargo faster and more efficiently,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. “It is all about forming strong partnerships. For example, we are working with FDOT to build the Eller Drive Overpass, which will allow our private sector partner, Florida East Coast Railway, to build a 42-acre international and domestic freight rail facility on the port that will be used by ocean carriers such as Hamburg Süd to transport DHL cargo to and from markets throughout the U.S. Southeast and beyond.”
Port Everglades is expanding its cargo operations with three critical expansion projects that are expected to be completed over the next six years adding five berths, widening and deepening the navigational channel and bring freight rail directly into the South Florida seaport. These capital improvements are projected to create 7,000 new jobs regionally and support 135,000 jobs statewide over the next 15 years for a total 143,000 jobs.
DHL currently handles in excess of 2.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containerized ocean freight and more than 2 million cubic meters of less-than-container-load freight annually, across all continents.