Innovative Pairing of Marseille Fos and Miami

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Published Jul 9, 2015 2:16 PM by The Maritime Executive

Fifteen years after their first business arrangement the ports of Marseille Fos and PortMiami have renewed their development for a cruise and container relationship. 

The new agreement was signed in Marseille by its port’s CEO, Christine Cabau Woehrel, and PortMiami’s director, Juan Kuryla.  In 2014, PortMiami handled 4.8 million cruise passenger and Marseille is one of the top five Mediterranean cruise ports and its expected to handle about 1.5 million cruise visitors this year. The ports will examine how their different and complementary seasons can have an impact in each of their markets.

In addition, the ports have also decided to include container operations into the benefical anaylsis. Marseille is handled 1.17 million TEUs and PortMiami’s throughput was 877,000 TEUs in 2014. The potential for increased box trade between the ports was reinforced in 2014 with the Amerigo Express trade operated by CMA CGM, Hanjin and United Arab Shipping Corp, which rotates from India, the Middle East and U.S. East Coast.

The ports will also promote and share best practices on port security and on urban-port projects.