Jacksonville Port Authority has recently refurbished berth 31(heavy lift berth) on Blount Island. They have moved up from the industry standard of 800 pounds per square foot to 1,800 pounds per square foot – which is the heaviest on the USEC.
The second project will meet the needs of larger cargo ships transiting the Suez Canal today - and the expanded Panama Canal in just a couple of years - as those vessels deliver cargo to JAXPORT terminals. Toward that end, the Corps is in the midst of a comprehensive economic, engineering and environmental study to find the optimum depth of Jacksonville's federal channel. With favorable study results, this project aims to position JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for large vessels in the East-West trade lane.
The Intracoastal Waterway and St. Johns River converge at Mile Point, the largest, deep-draft container vessels calling JAXPORT's terminals must enter the harbor at high tide. Completing the Mile Point project will ease this restriction, saving carriers and shippers time as these ships unload and load at JAXPORT terminals. Completing the project is expected to support 3,500 jobs throughout the region.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved this project to improve the flow of the St. Johns River at Mile Point - an effort that is critical for handling the port’s current cargo ships as well as strengthening the port’s ability to successfully compete for more post-Panamax ships in the future.
In January 2013, Governor Rick Scott announced a commitment of $38 million in state and local funding to complete the Mile Point project. The investment enables JAXPORT to jump-start the final phase of fixing the navigational problems in the St. Johns River at Mile Point from its previously uncertain start date which was contingent on federal funding.