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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miami's Commercial Seaport

Good morning,

While sailing out of the Port of Miami, guests can watch from the deck 7, Promenade deck, of Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. These images were taken while passing Miami's Commercial Seaport. 
One of the commercial enterprises is the Fisher Island Ferry that transports cars and pedestrians between Miami Beach and Fisher Island, a place of luxurious homes and condos at the mouth of Government Cut on Biscayne Bay.
This shipping container operation is one of the biggest in the world.
This is where the containers we see on trucks on the Interstate Highway System enter the country.  Those giant cranes move the containers on/off of ships and on/off of trucks so the merchandise within can be delivered all over the Eastern United States.  Goods the United States exports to other countries are in containers loaded onto ships for the return trip.
On the opposite side of Government Cut is a smaller container shipping operation. 
The process loading and unloading the ships is fun to watch.
This is one of the smaller container ships.  Here you see the container being lowered into the ship.


So, I hope you've enjoyed a few different types of images than we usually see about cruising.

Best,
Lois

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5 comments:

Happy Days said...

Amazing all the shipping places. Dont realize how much stuff is imported and exported until you see photos like these. What is the Government Cut line? ...debbie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I enjoyed the lovely tour, Lois. Ships are so majestic and huge. Unbelievable that they do not sink, don't you think?
Happy Thoughts! xx

Diana said...

I found this interesting Lois. When we were on our cruise I remember seeing the container stations too. They are sort of fascinating when you've never seen them before!
Love Di ♥

Elaine said...

I did enjoy seeing the activity on the docks. Usually the only photos you see of a cruise are the beautiful scenery shots, but the everyday life and activity photos are sometimes the most interesting.

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Yes, the commercial side of ports is very interesting. I remember seeing a full size school bus suspended by a crane while being loaded into the bottom of a container ship one time when we were sailing out of Miami.

Government Cut is a part of Biscayne Bay that is used by the cruise ships, Chalks airlines, and other vessels when cruise ships are not present. It's the part of Biscayne Bay that you see in movies when you see cruise ships tied up in the background when someone is driving to South Beach. It is a deep ship channel from American Airlines Arena on the inside that extends out to the sea with South Beach (Miami Beach) on one side and Fisher Island on the other at the outlet. Parallel to Government Cut is the road to South Beach and you'll find Miami Beach Marina, US Coast Guard, and the commercial seaport operation along the way. A ship takes about 15 minutes to travel from the basin at the American Airlines Arena end to get out to sea. Now days we get a US Coast Guard escort, too. :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Best,
Lois