The Port of Fernandina provides terminal service to numerous pulp and paper producers located throughout Florida and the Southeast, and provides steel export services to several steel companies with mills in the Southeast. Fernandina supports a number of independent container lines serving Ecuador and Bermuda. The port’s principal cargoes include exports of steel products (including billets, coils beams and rebar), machinery, forest products (including kraft linerboard, logs and treated lumber), corrugated cardboard waste, and building and construction material, as well as imports of wood pulp, hardboard and building materials. The containerized commodities moving through the port include wood pulp, automobile and truck parts, lumber, chemicals, beverages, food stuff and chilled goods, machinery, consumer goods and building materials.
Goals & Objectives
- Promote economic development and create employment opportunities in Nassau County and Northeast Florida.
- Support local industries by providing efficient port facilities, and reduce inland costs.
- Maintain port infrastructure to the highest standards to meet the increasing customer demand.
- Provide superior service to niche carriers and port users at a competitive price.
- Develop and provide an off-port logistics and distribution facility to serve Northeast Florida.
- Work with state and local economic development agencies to attract manufacturing entities that import or export goods to Nassau County and Northeast Florida.
Current or Planned Investments
Logistics and Distribution Facility-West Side of Nassau County: The Port Authority is working to develop a logistics center at the Crawford Diamond Industrial Park. There are over 2,000 acres zoned industrial of which the logistics center would play a part in the handling of imported raw materials and exports of finished goods. The site is served by two Class I railroads with not one, but two gas pipelines nearby. In addition the site is easily accessible by truck from I-10 and State Road 301. These competitive advantages will help Northeast Florida capture a portion of the discretionary cargo currently moving through other out-of-state ports.
- Developed steel exports into Central and South America and the Caribbean.
- Initiated a new monthly break-bulk liner service to Central America and the Dominican Republic that will move to a bimonthly service in 2015.
- Initiated a new break-bulk liner service to the west coast of South America serving Peru, Ecuador and Chile. The initiative further enhances the efficiency of the local paper and pulp producing mills in Nassau County.
- Developed exports of Southern Yellow Pine logs from Nassau County to the Far East utilizing regional Far East shipping lines.
- Completed rehabilitation of the break-bulk and container yard.
- Upgraded security infrastructure, including new video cameras, fencing and lighting. The Port of Fernandina is focused on becoming the safest port facility in the nation.
- Working with local, state and Florida Department of Transportation officials, the expansion of A1A/SR-200 leading to the port, from four to six lanes, is fully funded in the current five-year work program. Actual construction began in September 2014. As the highway is expanded, it will create manufacturing opportunities and efficiencies within the port corridor, enhancing the attractiveness of the Port of Fernandina.
The southeastern U.S. and gulf states. Major metropolitan areas include Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta and New Orleans. As the most westerly port on the East Coast, the Midwest and the Great Lakes region can also be served efficiently. The Port of Fernandina enjoys excellent CSX rail connections with major paper and steel mills in the U.S. Southeast. Its geographical location also allows truckers to reach cities such as Memphis, Charleston, Richmond, Mobile and all of Florida in a day or less, at competitive prices.
Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bermuda, Panama and Colombia. Major export commodities include steel products, forest products, machinery, foodstuff and chemicals. The major import commodity is wood pulp.
The Ocean Highway and Port Authority was created in 1941 and authorized to carry out public purposes of benefit to the citizens of the county of Nassau and the state of Florida.