Written by Miami Today on May 30, 2013
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SUPER-SIZE US: Global containerized cargo shipper Maersk Line on Friday added Port Miami to its Transpacific 7 service, with the arrival of 6,700 TEU cargo vessel Maersk Kristina. Each of the 6,700 TEU units is equivalent to a 20-foot cargo container. The new weekly service to Miami, the company said, "offers more competitive times from Southeast Asia toa the East Coast" of the US. "Port Miami will be the only direct service to Yantian, China, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in the market today," Maersk said. The service is to include ships with capacity up to 8,700 TEUs. "As a major player in the global market, we are excited to attract 8,000 TEUs-plus super-sized vessels to Miami," county commission Chair Rebeca Sosa said in a statement.
MIAMI-ASIA SUMMIT: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which just completed its first Far East mission to Hong Kong and Singapore with 15 participants from April 3-13, will be holding what it brands Miami’s Asia Summit on June 21 to discuss what it suggests as the positioning of Miami as the bridge linking the US, Latin America and Asia. One session will discuss Hong Kong and Singapore, a second will focus on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and a third will discuss the rise of India’s consumer market. They will be followed by a lunch focused on the US-Asia-Latin America triangle. Pricing and panelists as well as the keynote speaker have yet to be announced.
VERY LOCAL HIRING: By an 8-4 vote, Miami-Dade commissioners have sent to committee a proposal to require contractors on county jobs to hire residents of any designated target area where the job is located. At present, the requirement allows hiring from any designated target area in the county, not just the one where the work is to take place. The county has five types of designated target areas: empowerment zones, enterprise zones, targeted urban areas, community development block grant eligible block groups, and focus areas. The proposed ordinance by Commissioner Jean Monestime would require a list showing that at least 10% of construction trades workers and laborers on the job live in the area – with name, address and trade category spelled out for each – in order to get county notice to proceed with the job. Miami International Airport and Port Miami work would be exempt. The county’s Economic Development & Port Committee is to hear the issue June 13.
NEW IT: Miami has a new information technology director, Conrad Cross, who is to slip into his role as of June 3. Mr. Cross is a former chief information officer for Orlando.