Following an 18-month, $12.4 million reconstruction project, the heavy lift cargo berth at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal is stronger than ever and now ranks as one of the nation’s highest-weight-bearing-capacity docks.
The recently completed infrastructure project more than doubled the pounds-per-square-foot capability of JAXPORT’s Berth 31 to 1,800 and increased its pounds-per-axle rating, or kips, to 78.
“We will be exporting power equipment, locomotives and other American-made products from our newly rebuilt Berth 31,” said Roy Schleicher, JAXPORT’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “With the port’s premiere location, excellent rail service, skilled labor force and enhanced facilities, we look forward to taking on more heavy lift opportunities and further building our already substantial reputation in the project cargo arena.”
Strategically located at the southeastern corner of the United States, Jacksonville, Fla. offers the best intermodal connections in the South Atlantic. Jacksonville offers more than 36 daily trains via two Class I railroads – Jacksonville-based CSX Corporation (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NS) – and one regional railroad, Florida East Coast Railway (FEC).
In addition, more than 60 million consumers are within a one-day truck drive of all three JAXPORT marine terminals, each of which is minutes from an Interstate highway. More than 100 trucking and drayage firms operate in and around Jacksonville’s port to take advantage of the city’s highway system, anchored by I-95, I-10 and I-75.
Press Release, December 4, 2013