The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) in Florida, US, is set to begin the construction of a new automobile processing terminal as part of an initiative to increase the port’s vehicle-handling capacity.
The new terminal represents the first phase of a multi-year project, which is expected to increase the port’s vehicle-handling capability by 25%.
It will comprise more than 100 acres of processing and storage space at JAXPORT’s Dames Point Marine Terminal.
The new facility will also provide direct waterside access for vessels to perform loading and unloading, with major interstates situated less than one mile away.
In addition, it could possibly facilitate direct rail connections at the port in future.
JAXPORT executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Roy Schleicher said: “The steady growth of our auto business speaks volumes about our efficiencies.
“We are committed to supporting our auto partners with the tools they require to continue to expand their businesses in Jacksonville.”
JAXPORT has handled a total of 693,000 vehicles so far this year and is equipped with three auto processors, including AMPORTS, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Southeast Toyota Distributors.
The port is currently the country’s second-largest vehicle-handling port by volume and handled roughly 8.2 million tonnes of cargo last year.
It has recently renovated its heavy-lift cargo berth at Blount Island, which is ranked as one of the highest weight-bearing-capacity docks in the US.