to the largest concentration of

DCs in the state totaling over 380 million square feet of capacity. With the addition of new

direct Asia container services last year, global container lines such as including COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen, Maersk, MSC, OOCL and ZIM are now offering weekly service from Port Tampa Bay with Sealand and Seatrade providing connections to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The port continues to

make significant new capital investments, according to the spokesperson, and is expanding terminal capacity with additional paved storage, extended berths, cranes and equipment as well as new trans-load warehouse facilities. Port Tampa Bay has received

$19.8 million from the US Department of Transportation, which will expedite construction of a new 1300-foot-long berth and a 30-acre container yard. This will double capacity, allowing for three large ships to be berthed at the same time. The port is also proceeding

with plans to construct a new gate and acquire additional post- Panamax gantry cranes. In the last few years, the port also added a new state of the art on-dock refrigerated warehouse as well as on-dock rail capacity. “As Florida’s largest cargo

tonnage port and one of the most diversified in the nation, we are confident looking forward thanks to the continued strong growth of the market right in our backyard, the I-4 corridor, Florida’s distribution hub,” says Raul Alfonso, Executive Vice President & COO, Port Tampa Bay.

Port of Palm Beach

The Port of Palm Beach experienced a decrease in TEUs and break-bulk cargo between FY19 and FY 20 as a result of COVID-19. However, bulk cargo shipments were up over the same period up as a result of a successful sugarcane season. Comparing FY 19 October to

July and FY 20 over the same period, Port of Palm Beach saw TEUs decrease 3% from 236,968 in 2019 to 230,035 in 2020. Bulk tonnage increased 18% from 785,644 short

tons in 2019 to

947,914 short tons in 2020. Breakbulk 29% decreased from 79,977short tons in 2019 to 59,665 short tons in 2020. “This fiscal year we’ve seen

the transportation of raw sugar and molasses through our Port increase tremendously,” says Port of West Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira. “This is solely due to an outstanding growing season with sugar increasing 33% and molasses 55%.”

Almira notes one specific

commodity affected by the pandemic has been diesel fuel as a result of diminished demand with less people commuting and instead working from home. There has been no change in

shipping lines calling at the port this year. These include Tropical Shipping Monarch Shipping, United Abaco Shipping Company, Seven Seas Yacht Transport, Bahamas Ferries and Ro Ro Company. Infrastructure improvements

at the port include a three-acre refrigerated container yard that will enable the port’s largest tenant to better serve Caribbean market, according to Almira.

Port of Jacksonville

Northern Florida’s Port of Jacksonville 1,042,360 TEUs through the first 10 months of the port’s FY20 (Oct. 2019 – July 2020) down from 1,123,194 TEUs during the same period in FY19, which was a record year for container volumes at the port. “Major ports around the world

have seen a decline in volumes due to COVID-19, but impacts at JAXPORT have been buffered due to the port’s diversification across trade lanes and cargo type,” says Chelsea Kavanagh, spokesperson for the Jacksonville Port Authority. In bulk cargo, the port moved

through 647,854 tons so far in FY20, compared to 772,348 during the same period last year. Breakbulk accounted for 637,650 tons of cargo the port year to date, down from 777,466 tons over the same period the year before. Kavanagh noted the port is

the country’s second-busiest vehicle handling port. Other cargo include breakbulk, dry and liquid bulk, heavy liſt, refrigerated cargo, forest products, high and heavy, LNG and U.S. military cargo. The port is also a leader in the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel and a cargo type. Kavanagh points out that

changes in cargo product resulting from COVID-19 are reflected in pulp imports, which have grown roughly 6% due to a rise in domestic demand for paper products including tissues

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and paper towels. In addition, e-commerce

continues to be a major growth area for the port and Northeast Florida, as coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines drive at-home consumer spending. Kavanagh notes Amazon recently announced plans for a 1 million-square-foot facility in Jacksonville next year, it’s sixth Northeast Florida facility, with the potential for more on the way. The port offers regular service

from HYPERLINK “https:// carriers/” 30 ocean carriers, with direct connections to 140 ports in more than 70 countries. The port’s service offerings have remained unchanged through COVID-19. The Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project is two years ahead of its original schedule, with anticipated completion in 2023, reports Kavanagh. The project brings the federal shipping

channel to a depth of 47 feet from its current depth of 40 feet. Phased yard and berth

improvements are underway to modernize the existing SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island. Scheduled to be complete around the same time as the deepening project, the upgraded facility will feature a total of six 100-gauge container cranes and have the ability to simultaneously

accommodate two post-Panamax vessels.

21 The port is investing more

than $140 million to rebuild or modernize its container berths at its Blount Island and Talleyrand marine terminals and will be completed in fall “As the economy continues

to open up, we are as well positioned as anyone to see cargo volumes pick back up because of the strong demand by shippers and BCOs looking to reach the growing Southeast U.S. market,” observes Kavanaugh.


Distribution Centers

• Over 380 million square feet of distribution center space • One of the hottest industrial real estate markets in the U.S • Over 10 million square feet of additional DC capacity under development • Global container connections with new Asia direct services • Expanding terminal facilities with plenty of room for growth

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