JAXPORT is making moves. The northeast Florida port recently secured two new permanent vessel services, and the world’s largest shipping line recently announced it will include JAXPORT on its new Florida Gulf Feeder service.
In March, Governor Ron DeSantis joined port leaders in helping to announce that Sea Lead, an ocean carrier based in Singapore, has selected JAXPORT as a port of call on its first U.S. East Coast service.
Since then, another Hong Kong-based shipping line, TS Lines, announced it will partner with Sea Lead on this service, with both carriers forming a joint operating alliance for this service. These vessels will call the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal every two weeks beginning with the arrival of the MV Hakuna Matata next month.
Shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest shipping line, has also tapped JAXPORT for a new Florida Gulf Feeder service. MSC will begin weekly service starting this month, and the port rotation will include Freeport, Bahamas; Rio Haina and Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale; and Jacksonville.
“This service expands our global reach by growing transshipment opportunities between Jacksonville and every major port in the world,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are grateful for the strong partnership with MSC and thank them for growing their business and the jobs and economic impact it supports in Jacksonville.”
This will be MSC’s fourth weekly service calling JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, and combined, it should create 25,000 to 30,000+ new TEU per year.