Jaxport has set a port record for container volumes in May, with total container movements increasing 37% over the same month in 2020.

More than 182,900 teu moved through the port in May 2021, beating Jaxport’s previous monthly container volume record of 123,700 teu from October 2019.

“The investments that we’re making in our port facilities ensure that we can continue to provide the efficient service our customers have come to expect from Jacksonville…Jaxport has developed a reputation in the marketplace for our ability to get vessels in and out of the port quickly, a position we are proud to have maintained throughout the supply chain challenges that have impacted our industry over the last 18 months,” said Eric Green, CEO of Jaxport.

In fiscal year 2021, container volumes increased 15% to date, to nearly 950,000 teu.

Volumes for the port’s two largest trade lanes for containers – Puerto Rico and Asia – are up 19% and 18%, respectively.

Jaxport has invested into increasing efficiency and capacity and the deepening of the Jacksonville shipping channel. will be completed through Blount Island in 2022.

Berth enhancements to enable Jaxport to simultaneously handle two post-panamax ships will be completed in coordination with the deepening project and $72m in phased yard improvements are currently underway to enable Blount Island to accommodate more containers.

Source: Seatrade Maritime