Glenn A. Wiltshire
Acting Chief Executive & Port Director
Port Everglades is Florida’s powerhouse global gateway. A respected leader in trade, travel and financial stability, we create economic and social value by working in partnership with world-class clients. We achieve advancements focusing on efficient facilities, trade and cruise expansion, jobs growth, safety, security and environmental stewardship for our customers, stakeholders and community.
Port Everglades, handling more than one-million TEUs annually, serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Intermodal connections through Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre Intermodal Container Transfer Facility reach 80 percent of the U.S. population within four days.
The Port’s commitment to planning—both physical and financial—has made Port Everglades one of the top containerized cargo ports in the United States, one of the top three cruise ports in the world and the primary distribution fuel hub for all southern Florida. Currently there are more than $1.6 billion in infrastructure improvements on the books for the next 10 years.
New cargo berths and Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes are part of the $471 million Southport Turning Notch expansion, the largest infrastructure project in the Port’s history. The project allows for new cargo berths by lengthening the existing notch from 900 feet to 2,400 feet and installing crane rail infrastructure to handle new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes.
Additionally, three custom-designed Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes are scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2020 to meet demands from current customers and new services anticipated from the Port’s expansion program. The Port has an option to purchase an additional three cranes within the next five years.
A new logistics center is being constructed at the Port through a public-private partnership with CenterPoint Properties. The Port Everglades International Logistics Center, constructed on 16.657 acres of Port property, will be divided into two buildings with the southernmost building (±145,000 SF) scheduled to be completed by June 2020, and the northernmost building (±156,000 SF) slated for September 2020. The project will contain warehouse, refrigerated warehouse, office space, and cross-docking facilities, which will enhance the services available to shippers using Port Everglades. The entire logistics center will be designated as a Foreign-Trade Zone.
To further enhance ship traffic at Port Everglades, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a progressive plan to deepen the Port’s navigation channels from 42 feet to 48-50 feet and widen narrower sections of the channel for safe vessel passage.
Port Everglades follows an aggressive, comprehensive Master/Vision Plan that is updated every 2-4 years to reanalyze and update market trends, changes in the cruise, cargo shipping and petroleum industries, local planning initiatives and evolving technology to strategize for upcoming capital improvements. This in-depth analysis provides a projective, substantiated, market-driven, environmentally sound, and phased roadmap for guiding cost-feasible capital investments over the next 20 years. During 2020, Port Everglades will unveil its most recent Master/Vision Plan Update which will include a 5-year Master Plan for the period fiscal years 2019 to 2023; the 10-year Vision Plan for the period fiscal years 2024 to 2028 and the 20-year Vision Plan for the period fiscal years 2029 to 2038.
As Port Everglades continues to advance major investments, all aimed at improving productivity, this South Florida powerhouse seaport is an ideal point of entry for international trade