With more than 1.27 million cargo container units moved in the 2017-18 fiscal year, JAXPORT has become Florida’s busiest port authority. This represents a 23-percent increase in the annual volume of containers over the previous fiscal year at the port’s three terminals, Talleyrand, Dames Point and Blount Island.
The largest gain in cargo shipments was for the Puerto Rico trade route in which more than 737,000 container units were shipped between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, an increase of 37 percent. A portion of the shipments were for disaster relief to the territory following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in late 2017. Asian-based cargo also grew for the 11th year in a row, reaching 429,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, a standard for measuring cargo).
JAXPORT is in good position to grow with its innovation in clean energy surrounding liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as well. Crowley Maritime Corp. and TOTE Maritime are converting their fleets to the clean burning fuel to meet emission mandates sought by the International Maritime Organization.
Expectations for an even larger jump in annual container volume at JAXPORT will increase once the deepening project of the St. Johns River is complete in five to six years, allowing for larger ships to call on Jacksonville.
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