Four cruise ships, including JAXPORT’s regular home-ported ship ‘Carnival Ecstasy’ already in port, will dock at the port and remain there, as the industry announced a voluntary suspension of US cruise operations due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The US Federal government recently granted $93 million to JAXPORT, concerning the next phase of its upgrade project. Namely, the investment will focus on the deepening of Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet from its existing depth of 40 feet.
On Friday, November 22, officials from Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), terminal operator SSA Marine and U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, broke ground on a new $238.7 million international container terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.
The Jaxport has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, with a $20 million grant, to reconstruct more than 100 acres of the existing terminal pavement at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal. The funding came through the $238 million plan between Jaxport and their close partner SSA Marine.
Jacksonville, the biggest container port in Florida, achieved record volumes in containers, vehicles and overall tonnage throughout the fiscal year 2019. The port moved more than 1.3 million TEU containers, representing a 5% growth than the previous year.
JAXPORT informed that it has achieved its best ever July container volumes, with overall container movements increasing 19% compared to the previous July. More than 116,000 TEUs moved through JAXPORT in July 2019. What is more, port improvements are currently taking place, aiming to accommodate continued container and auto volume growth.
According to a new study by maritime research firm Martin Associates, the Jacksonville Port Authority’s cargo activity provides tens of thousands of jobs. The study focuses on impacts arising from marine cargo handled at the public and private marine facilities for 2018.
The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has achieved a record number of container and auto moves during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019. During this time, JAXPORT moved about one million containers, a 6% increase over the same period last year.
On 16 May, JAX LNG, a liquefied natural gas facility located at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the official start-up of the newly constructed plant. JAX LNG is the first small-scale LNG facility in the US with both marine and truck-loading capabilities.
JAXPORT achieved a new port record on March 18, with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Cape Sounio, the largest container ship to ever call Jacksonville. The 11,000-TEU container ship is operated by ZIM on a service offered by the 2M alliance. The ship transited the Panama Canal from Asia before reaching the US East Coast, where it loaded and offloaded cargo at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.
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