The fortunes of Cuba’s Mariel terminal is expected to improve both from the easing of US relations with the country as well as the new Panama Canal.
Forty kilometres west of Havana, the port is expecting to increase its 2014 230,000 TEU volume to as much as 280,000 TEU in 2015.
The terminal is located next to the new Mariel Special Development Economic Zone and faces the coast of Florida.
Presently, Mariel has a 702 metre quay, four super post panamax cranes and a container yard with a capacity of 820,000 TEU. In July, the access channel will be deepened to 13.9 metres with eventually 2.4 kilometres of quay as cargo shifts from old Havana Port and Mariel handles 85 per cent of Cuba’s exports.