- The FDOT is seeking methods of improving intermodal freight movement on the Miami River, says Miami Today.
- The study includes the possibility of short sea shipping — transferring containers from freighters onto smaller barges that could navigate the river.
- Cargo from the containers could be transferred via terminals to progressively smaller boats, including those that increasingly service the Caribbean.
Although the shipping industry is struggling financially, ports and states are investing heavily in expansion projects and technology in preparation for an expected increase in inbound freight.
The expectation comes from the Panama Canal expansion, and more importantly for Miami, the potential opening of trade with Cuba. Yet, the results from both of these changes may take a while so instead of investing in deeper docks, for example, Florida is studying how to expand its intermodal capabilities.
Increasing short sea shipping capabilities would connect the port with the airport via the river and allow goods to travel along a far less congested route. Like its counterparts across the country, Florida shows there is plenty room for innovation in the freight transport sector.