JAXPORT completes harbour deepening at Florida’s Blount Island Marine Terminal
Florida’s Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District have completed harbour deepening works at Jacksonville’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.
The project deepened 11 miles (17.7 kilometres) of the federal shipping channel from the sea buoy to Blount Island to a depth of 47 feet (14.3 metres) from its previous depth of 40 feet (12.1 metres).
In coordination with deepening, JAXPORT completed more than US$100 million in berth enhancements this month to enable the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island to simultaneously accommodate two post-Panamax containerships.
Deepening through Blount Island was completed three years ahead of the original project schedule. The total funding to date is US$420 million funded through a public-private partnership between the federal government, State of Florida, City of Jacksonville, JAXPORT, and SSA Atlantic.