The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is an independent agency responsible for the development of public seaport facilities in Jacksonville. It owns three cargo facilities and a cruise terminal, and, according to a recent study, generates 132,000 jobs and more than $27 billion in annual economic impact for the northeast Florida region.
Goals & Objectives
- Complete harbor improvement and deepening projects while further redeveloping JAXPORT’s terminals for intermodal, container, bulk and break-bulk business.
- Intensify international marketing efforts while preserving diversified trade lanes and cargo.
- Contribute to the economic well-being of the city, state and nation by developing new business, expanding export opportunities and attracting cargo bound for in-state markets to move through JAXPORT rather than through out-of-state ports.
- Collaborate with the Florida Department of Transportation to improve the connector system linking Jacksonville to the interstate road network and rail system.
Current or Planned Investments
As the owner and manager of Jacksonville’s public seaport terminals, JAXPORT is committed to the ongoing enhancement of port infrastructure and facilities. A number of major growth projects in and around the port are currently in progress.
• Harbor Deepening: The federally authorized project to deepen the St. Johns River to 47 feet is nearing construction and will create a projected 15,396 direct, indirect and induced jobs and add nearly 2 million TEUs to the port’s container volumes. The project’s construction cost will be shared with the federal government. Recent economic calculations find that every dollar invested in the deepening project will return $24.67 to the regional and state economy.
• Mile Point: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reached the final stages of construction on the Mile Point project removing navigational restrictions for deep-draft vessels under certain tidal conditions. The state advanced $43.5 million for design and construction of the Mile Point harbor improvement project
• Intermodal Container Transfer Facility: JAXPORT’s new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at Dames Point recently opened to commercial traffic. The ICTF facilitates the direct transfer of containers between vessels and trains. The new facility allows for two unit trains each day (one inbound and one outbound) carrying up to 200 containers each and reduces truck traffic on local roads and highways.
• 100-Gauge Cranes: JAXPORT’s three new 100-gauge cranes are ready for operation at the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The Florida Department of Transportation awarded JAXPORT a $15 million grant toward the purchase. Berth 35 was upgraded to handle the new electric powered cranes. JAXPORT’s long-term strategic plan calls for the purchase of a total of 10 new 100-gauge cranes.
• Heavy Lift Berth: JAXPORT’s heavy-lift cargo berth at the Blount Island Marine Terminal now ranks as one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks, offering up to 1,800 pounds per square foot of load capacity. The infrastructure upgrade increased the heavy-lift berth rail capability to 78 kips per axle for heavy cargo.
• Other Infrastructure Upgrades: A wide-ranging effort to enhance infrastructure at Blount Island and Talleyrand terminals continues. Upgrades to wharves, on-dock rail and terminal pavement areas are under construction. These capital improvements – made possible by $100 million in federal and state funds – will enable JAXPORT to build the port of the future.
• JAXPORT moved a record 968,279 twenty-foot equivalent units during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016. The Asian container trade continues to be the fastest growing segment of JAXPORT’s container cargo business, achieving 19 percent in 2016.
• JAXPORT recorded double-digit growth in automobile imports in 2016, moving 467,898 imported vehicles, up 19 percent over last year. Overall, vehicle volumes remained steady with more than 636,000 total units moved, maintaining JAXPORT’s ranking as one of the nation’s busiest ports for total vehicle handling.
• JAXPORT was voted No. 1 in customer service in the South by readers of Logistics Management magazine in 2016 and also earned the highest score in the nation in the publication’s annual survey.
• JAXPORT payments for work by certified Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) have topped $12.4 million over the past three years, accounting for an average of 12 percent of the port’s overall contract payments per year.
• In October 2016, Michaels Stores, Inc., North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, was granted permission to operate within Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 64 in Northeast Florida.
• In September 2016, JAXPORT welcomed Höegh Target, the largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) ship in the world to the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The 8,500 CEU (car capacity) post-Panamax ship arrived at JAXPORT through the newly expanded Panama Canal locks.
• A multi-faceted rehabilitation project of Berth 35 at Blount Island was completed in preparation for the new 100-gauge cranes with the installation of a high-voltage electrical system.
• In July 2016, the MOL Majesty made history at JAXPORT as the first containership to arrive at the port through the new, expanded locks of the Panama Canal. The 991-foot Majesty has a maximum capacity of 6,724 TEU (containers) requiring 46.5 feet of water when fully laden.
• In July 2016, the 2 millionth cruise passenger set sail from the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, which opened in 2003.
• In May 2016, JAXPORT welcomed the Carnival Elation to Jacksonville. The Elation replaced the Carnival Fascination as Jacksonville’s homeported ship for year-round cruise service to the Bahamas.
• In April 2016, JAXPORT’s newly completed Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Dames Point supported a high-level military training exercise prior to its official opening. Uniformed Army personnel moved nearly 800 pieces of cargo–including vehicles, containers and equipment–from this state-of-the-art facility onto a nearby military ship.
JAXPORT’s hinterland is primarily defined as the U.S. Southeast and Midwest. Jacksonville’s geographic location allows JAXPORT inbound cargo to reach 60 million consumers and 60 percent of the U.S. population within a one-day truck drive. The port is served by three dozen train departures daily. JAXPORT’s reach extends to all 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s study of destinations for imported goods.
Colombia, Brazil, China, Japan and Mexico. JAXPORT is also a leader in cargo movements to and from Puerto Rico.
To contribute to the economic growth and vitality of Northeast Florida by fostering and stimulating commerce through the Port of Jacksonville. The mission will be accomplished through the effective and fiscally responsible planning, development, management and marketing of the port’s assets and facilities.