Miami terminal back to normal after brief driver protest

Miami terminal back to normal after brief driver protest

Turn times are vastly improved at the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Motor carriers say delays at a Port Miami marine terminal have eased since a short-lived boycott last week by independent owner-operator drivers who refused assignments in a protest of slow turn times.

Dispatchers at several South Florida drayage companies reported speedier turn times at Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co. (POMTOC), which was the target of the drivers’ protest during the week after the Thanksgiving holiday.

POMTOC has extended hours at its terminal gates by opening an hour earlier than the previous 7 a.m. The terminal said it will operate through the end of the year from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Truck gates will close at 4 p.m.

Truckers who last week had complained of delays they said had stretched to several hours in some cases, said the terminal now is turning around trucks in less than 90 minutes on double moves combining container delivery and pickup.

Like other ports, Miami has been dealing with larger ships, higher volumes, and off-schedule vessel arrivals, complicated by weather events such as Hurricane Irma earlier this fall, and holidays such as Thanksgiving.

Port Miami had a period of congestion two years ago after Thanksgiving when vessels continued to arrive and deliver cargo to the terminal while gates were closed for the holiday.

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