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Anniversary Celebrating our


ISSUE 1 2020 www.fjna.com


Feature: Georgia Ports 75TH


Anniversary Supplement


North America's leading news source for Freight & Logistics 5


Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby joins representatives from JAXPORT, SSA Marine, and federal, state, and local elected officials for the groundbreaking of the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal. (JAXPORT photo.)


Officials break ground on $238.7m JAXPORT container terminal


U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby joined elected officials and leadership from JAXPORT and SSA Marine on November 22 to break ground on a new state-of-the-art international container terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal is an expansion of


SSA’s current leasehold at Blount Island and includes $238.7 million in infrastructure and equipment upgrades. Operations will continue throughout the redevelopment, which is expected to be complete in 2023— coinciding with the completion of the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet. Harbor Deepening is


ahead of its original schedule and anticipated to be finished later that year, based on continued funding. Phased yard improvements are


underway at the terminal that will allow the facility to accommodate up to 700,000 TEUs annually. Berth upgrades are expected to be complete in 2021 and will allow the terminal to simultaneously work two post-Panamax vessels. The Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project includes construction of


Dredging Underway to Make Virginia the East Coast’s Deepest Port


The Port of Virginia’s® journey to become the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast is underway as dredges took to the water on December 1 to begin digging, nearly two-and- a-half years ahead of schedule “This project, combined


with all of the investments we are making at our terminals, tells the ocean carriers ‘we are ready for your big ships,’” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “The container


ships are getting


bigger and require more water depth to safely operate and we are committed to working with our customers to meet their needs today, tomorrow and decades from now.” The port’s preparation for


the project, its collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the support of the elected officials on the state and federal levels were factors in securing final, early approval. Reinhart said safe, two-way flow of ultra-large container vessels,


unrestricted by tide or channel width, is a significant competitive advantage for Virginia. “The cargo flowing across


our terminals is valuable to its owners and the Virginia economy, so we are investing in those systems that ensure the efficient, reliable and safe movement of cargo and ships to and from our port,” Reinhart said. “We are positioning ourselves to be East Coast’s premier trade gateway. Deep, wide channels will support


a vessel turning basin that will allow larger vessels calling on the terminal to turn at Blount Island. The SSA Jacksonville


Container Terminal offers 80 acres of terminal operating space, with the option to grow up to 120 acres as space becomes available. The facility features three post- Panamax electric container cranes and terminal plans include the addition of three more state-of- the-art container cranes. The facility is expected to create


many Virginia businesses and fuel cargo growth, job creation and economic


across the Commonwealth.” In October, the port and


New Jersey-based Weeks Marine finalized the contract for the first phase of work. The contract for the first phase is $78 million and the total cost of the project, including the preliminary engineering and design work, is $350 million. The work that started in


early December will deepen the western side of Thimble Shoal Channel, which leads into the Norfolk Harbor, to 56 feet. When dredging is complete in 2024, the commercial channels serving


or protect 3,500 jobs, in addition to attracting new businesses and jobs resulting from the terminal’s increased efficiency and capacity. During the groundbreaking,


Admiral Buzby formally presented JAXPORT with a previously awarded $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will fund terminal enhancements that will allow the facility to accommodate more containers on an expanded footprint.


investment


the Norfolk Harbor will be able to simultaneously accommodate two, ultra-large container vessels. In 2015, the deepening


effort got underway when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the port agreed to share the cost of evaluating the benefits of dredging the Norfolk Harbor to a depth beyond 50 feet. “We are the stewards of


this port and we are investing to ensure that we meet the needs of our customers, the cargo owners and to set the path for The Port of Virginia to be a long-term contributor to the Virginia economy,” Reinhart said.


Feature: Outlook Trade Wars’ Winds p.10


In this Issue


Features News


Environmental Impact p14


New Mobile Harbor


Cranes Arrive at Port of Brownsville p2


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Emirates SkyCargo strengthens pharma corridors initiative p5


TAPA Membership


Soars as Major Brands Look to Prevent Re- cord Cargo Losses p6


+ our regular From the Editor p.4


Road & Rail Roundup p.5 Airfreight Roundup p.6 Shipping Roundup p.7 Logistics Roundup p.8 Environment Transport p9


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