The Port of Fernandina is located on Florida’s Atlantic coast and provides terminal service to more than 14 pulp and paper producers located throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States, as well as steel export services to several steel companies with mills in the Southeast.

To better accommodate customers, capital investments of $15 million are planned for the coming years to modernize the Port’s on-dock paper warehouse, add cranes and cargo handling equipment, and complete a berth extension. The Port currently has 250,000 square-feet of on-port warehouse facilities, over 100,000 square-feet of off-port warehouse facilities, and daily on-dock rail service. It also has a fully certified Container Freight Station, and will soon be adding Foreign-Trade Zone designation.

Goals & Objectives

  • Formulating long term master plan/capital improvement plan with emphasis on impacts to the environment
  • Increase containerized cargo
  • Diversify breakbulk commodities
  • Explore additional revenue streams to Port Authority

Current or Planned Investments

  • Berth deepening
  • 1000’ Pier extension
  • 500,000 square foot on-dock warehouse

Accomplishments

  • Worldwide Terminals completed its second full year of operations at the Port of Fernandina
  • Closed on $27.6 million in Port Infrastructure Bonds and $8 million in matching funds
  • Commenced long-term capital investment plan of $15 million (Phase I)
  • Deepened Berths to 40 feet

Hinterland

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.

Trade Partners

Mission

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.