New Miami Warehouse for Crane Worldwide Logistics
Crane Worldwide Logistics are an exhibitor at Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo. Crane have recently expanded with a new warehouse in Miami, to support global cruise operations post-COVID-19. In this guest article Crane ask whether the world is ready to cruise again, and explain how their new warehouse will aid in the relaunch of the industry. Read on…
Is the world ready to cruise again? Supply Chain planning will make a difference.
Crane Worldwide Logistics – 2020 proved to be a challenging year for the cruise industry around the world with many setbacks that prevented the cruise ships from sailing the high seas. Much media attention surrounded the issue of COVID-19 cases onboard vessels at sea and the industry shut down with many cruise ships at ports awaiting their next voyage.
With broader COVID-19 testing capabilities, including rapid tests now widely available on the market, as well as positive reports that the COVID vaccines are making an impact across the world to diminish the severity of the pandemic, is it now time for cruise companies to set sail?
Are cruise ship supply chains ready for a kickstart to commence safe operations? Consumer demand for vacations is expected to increase, recovering from a 2020 that in some places had a stay at home order. Will the cruise industry be ready for passengers later this year?
Cruise Vaccination Passports
As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, many cruise lines have announced vaccination requirements for future passengers. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean have been the latest to announce that a COVID-19 vaccine will be necessary for future guests. They join Crystal cruises, Virgin voyages, American Steamboat and Victory Cruise lines, according to Conde Nast Traveler. The new normal for cruising begins with safety of passengers as a priority.
Framework for Conditional Sailing Order
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order in November, providing requirements for resuming Cruise operations in U.S. ports and it is expected that the majority of the cruise lines won’t start their cruise schedules until late spring. Operational readiness will be key to success to build consumer confidence in taking cruise vacations. As the world begins to open up from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to start cruise operational planning and forecasting, if it isn’t underway already.
Is your Cruise Supply Chain ready?
It’s an exciting time after a difficult year for the cruise industry, particularly in Miami, which is undisputedly the Cruise capital of the world. Global connections via Miami International Airport (MIA), connected directly to Miami port via tunnel access, enables the city to be a key hub for cruise transportation to the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and beyond. In fact, Miami is now ranked as the third in the US for international passengers.
Supply chain planning for a successful relaunch in cruise operations later this year will be key to success and Crane Worldwide Logistics is ready to support the cruise line operations for a safe and timely come back and a successful future in the ‘new normal’ environment.
The new Miami bonded warehouse is strategically located with access to US 27, Florida’s Turnpike, SR 826 and I-75 via NW 138th Street, in Northwest Miami-Dade County. Stretching at over 120,000 sq.ft. With its secured yard and high security, operations such pick, pack, kitting and fulfilment are all available as well as vendor management offering end to end visibility with our state of the art Purchase order management system Pinpoint.
As a reknowned cruise destination, Miami offers cruise passengers a top notch hospitality industry with an array of activities such as theme parks, sporting activities, entertainment and beaches. With the Miami warehouse in position and a global network of offices to support international freight needs, we can support both local and international cruise lines and companies get back to market safely and with full operational effectiveness.
If you want to learn more about the logistics partnership opportunities we can provide to support your cruise operations in Miami and around the world, get in touch and speak to our Cruise logistics experts at Crane Worldwide.