After the works are completed, the channel will have an additional 7 feet of water depth, thus allowing the largest container cargo ships to call on JAXPORT more fully loaded.

The construction of the first segment of the project is planned to last approximately two years.

“What a huge day for our city, our region and our state. Effective federal, state and local leaders working together with our maritime and business communities made this a reality. It is exhilarating to see this historic project come to life to help ensure that we continue to put our citizens to work,” stated JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. 

The Port of Jacksonville transported more than 1.3 million during 2017, becoming Florida’s largest container port complex. The Asian container trade, continues to be the fastest growing segment of JAXPORT’s container cargo business, the port informed.