JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Port Authority Chief Officer Eric Green announced new enhancements and plans for JAXPORT at Tuesday's State of the Port address.
In front of a crowd of about 375 transportation and logistics professionals, Green's announced the biggest initiative in the port's history is on tract toward completion.
Engineers are working on a project to deepen the shipping channel through Blount Island Marine Terminal to 47 feet. Green announced the project is on schedule to be complete by May. When completed, larger ships will be able to turn at Blount Island berths.
“The solution to the nation’s port congestion problem—is right here in this room,” Green said. “As the industry looks to combat everything from truck capacity issues to labor and equipment challenges, protecting the supply chain is a global priority. That’s where Jacksonville’s modern deepwater seaport comes in.”
Along with the deepening of the channel, JAXPORT is working on berth enhancements whose cost is roughly $100 million. Among the updates to JAXPORT are new eco-friendly cranes, modernization of 20 acres on the property and expanding berths to allow for more ships to be serviced.
“These investments provide a modern deepwater seaport that will continue to provide supply chain solutions for the nation and bring new jobs and business opportunity to our community," JAXPORT Board Chair Wendy Hamilton said.
Last year, 1.4 million containers moved through JAXPORT, maintaining its position as Florida’s largest container port and one of the top 10 container ports in the nation.