At the edge of a PortMiami wharf where the Seaboard Ocean docked on a recent afternoon, boilers , PVC pipe, pickup trucks, earth-moving equipment and even modular buildings are staged and ready to be lifted aboard for a trip to the Eastern Caribbean.
A little further along the wharf, the Seaboard Atlantic, which is preparing for a seven-day rotation that will take it to Honduras and Guatemala, is waiting to load containers, chassis, boilers, and telephone poles.
After disappointing years from 2006 to 2014, things are looking up at PortMiami. In March, the port handled 97,577 TEUs of cargo — the second highest monthly total in the port’s history — and, so far, cargo traffic is up 5.8 percent over the same period in fiscal 2017. (A TEU is the equivalent of a standard 20-foot container.)