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FECR and PortMiami Meet with Panama Canal Officials

Jim Hertwig, FECR’s President & CEO and Juan M. Kuryla, Director and CEO of PortMiami, met with Panama Canal officials this week and toured the construction site for the canal expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.  Also in attendance were Phil Noury, FECR’s Vice President of International Sales and Eric Olafson, Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs/Cargo Development for PortMiami

“We are pleased to see continued progress on this important initiative, which will offer new opportunities for shippers.  FECR and PortMiami have made infrastructure improvements and are well positioned to serve customers once the expansion is complete,” said Mr. Hertwig.

“Our goal is to facilitate the process of cargo shipments for fast and efficient delivery to our customers,” said Juan M. Kuryla, PortMiami Director and CEO. “Through our partnership with FECR, we are expanding access for shipments coming into and out of the port to reach their final destinations seamlessly and with greater reliability.”

PortMiami has resumed on-dock rail service, added super post Panamax cranes and expects to complete its -50/52 foot dredge in 2015.  The on-dock capabilities at PortMiami help facilitate the seamless and efficient transfer of cargo from ship to rail.

Jim Hertwig, FECR’s President & CEO, (third from left) is shown at the Panama Canal Expansion construction site.  Also pictured, (left to right) are Eric Olafson, Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs/Cargo Development, PortMiami; Juan Kuryla, PortMiami’s Director and CEO; Mr. Hertwig, Phil Noury, FECR’s Vice President of International Sales; Marianela Dengo-De Obaldia, Manager, Customer Relations Unit and EVP for Planning and Business Development, Panama Canal Authority; and Luis Isaza, Project Manager, Pacific Sector of the Locks Project, Panama Canal Authority. 

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