The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has recorded strong container and vehicle volumes during the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2021 ended 30 September.

JAXPORT moved more than one million containers, a 15% increase over the same period last year.

JAXPORT has moved nearly 492, 000 vehicles this fiscal year, putting the port on pace to surpass the 556,000 units moved in 2020 and signaling a return to pre-pandemic vehicle levels. JAXPORT’s vehicle volumes are up 20 % year-to-date.

“Jacksonville’s ease of doing business and our ability to maintain the free flow of cargo on both the waterside and landside make us an attractive option for shippers,” said the port’s CEO Eric Green.

Several port improvement projects will be completed by the end of 2022, including the federal project of deepening the Jacksonville shipping channel to 14.32m (47 feet). The project includes construction of a new vessel turning basin that will allow larger ships to turn at Blount Island berths.

More than $100m in berth enhancements to enable Blount Island to simultaneously accommodate two post-Panamax vessels will also be completed in coordination with the deepening project. In addition, $70m in phased yard improvements are underway to increase the terminal’s container capacity.

“The investments that we’re making in our port ensure we will continue to meet the needs of our customers no matter what supply chain challenges the industry faces,” Green said. “Our location and facilities, along with the capabilities of our tenants and port partners, combine to make JAXPORT an ideal global gateway into the Southeast US, and particularly the growing Florida market.”

JAXPORT is Florida’s top container port by volume and one of the US’ leading vehicle-handling ports.

Source: Seatrade Maritime