Blount Island News

24 Nov 2019

JaxPort Break Ground on Container Terminal

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U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby joined elected officials and leadership from Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and SSA Marine on Nov. 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…

22 Nov 2019

$20m Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville

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U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. “The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair…

25 Oct 2019

JAXPORT Sets Cargo Records

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Florida’s largest container port achieved record volumes in containers, vehicles and overall tonnage during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) moved more than 1.338 million twenty-foot equivalent units (or TEUs, the industry standard for measuring containers), a 5 percent increase over 2018, which was also a record year in container volumes for the port. JAXPORT has set container volume records for four consecutive years.The port also moved the most vehicles in its history…

23 Aug 2019

JAXPORT Acheives Record July

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Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced that it has achieved its best ever July container volumes, with overall container movements increasing 19% compared to the previous July.More than 116,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (or TEUs, the industry standard for measuring containers) moved through JAXPORT in July 2019, said Florida’s largest container port by volume.So far in Fiscal Year 2019, more than 1.1 million containers have moved through JAXPORT, an increase of 9 percent over the same period last year. The port’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1- Sept.

09 Aug 2019

JAXPORT Welcomes FDOT Secretary

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The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), Florida,  said that its Chief Executive Officer Eric Green and other port executives welcomed Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault for an update on port growth and a waterside tour of ongoing port projects.JAXPORT said that the visit included a look at how the projects—from berth enhancements to Mile Point and harbor deepening—work together to make Jacksonville’s seaport more competitive, bringing jobs and revenue to Northeast Florida.The tour began with a stop at Berths 33 and 34…

21 Jul 2019

JaxPort Reaches Record Numbers

Pic: Jacksonville Port Authority

Florida's Jacksonville Port Authority (JaxPort) has achieved a record number of container and auto moves during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019.According to a press note, JaxPort moved nearly one million containers, a six percent increase over the same period last year during this time.. The port also moved nearly 535,000 auto units in this period, an increase of seven percent over the same time in FY18. JaxPort’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 – Sept. 30.JaxPort’s Asian container volumes continue to grow, up eight percent so far in FY19, with more than 334,000 Asian containers moved.

29 Apr 2019

Record-Breaking Cargo Ship Visits JAXPORT

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The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), an international trade seaport on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, set a new port record today with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Kota Pekarang, the largest container ship to ever call Jacksonville.The 11,923-TEU (container) vessel is operated by ZIM on a service offered by the 2M Alliance, comprised of Maersk, MSC, Hamburg Süd and strategic partners HMM and ZIM.The Kota Pekarang, which transited the Panama Canal from Northeast Asia before reaching the U.S.

20 Mar 2019

JAXPORT Receives Largest Ever Box Ship

Image: Jacksonville Port Authority

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and terminal operator SSA Atlantic on Monday afternoon welcomed the largest container ship to ever visit Jacksonville.JAXPORT set a new port record today with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Cape Sounio, the largest container ship to ever call Jacksonville, claimed a press release.The 11,000-TEU (container) vessel is operated by ZIM on a service offered by the 2M alliance. The 2M alliance is comprised of Maersk, MSC, Hamburg Süd and strategic partners HMM and ZIM.The vessel, which transited the Panama Canal from Asia before reaching the U.S.

22 Feb 2019

Jaxport Hits Record Container Volumes in January

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Jaxport, the port of Jacksonville, Florida, had its best ever January container volumes, with total container movements increasing 16 percent over the same period last year.Nearly 121,400 twenty-foot equivalent units (or TEUs, the industry standard for measuring containers) moved through JAXPORT in January 2019.The port’s Asian container volumes continue to show significant growth, up 17 percent year–to–date with nearly 164,000 TEUs moved so far in Fiscal Year 2019. JAXPORT’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1- Sept. 30.

24 Apr 2018

Three rescued near Blount Island

A Coast Guard Station Mayport boatcrew and good Samaritans rescue three people from the water April 23, 2018, after their vessel capsized near Blount Island in Jacksonville, Florida.(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Mayport)

The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans came to the rescue of three people Monday after their vessel capsized near Blount Island. Coast Guard watchstanders in Jacksonville were notified via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 at 6:03 p.m. by a good Samaritan aboard the motor vessel Grand Mercury reporting three people in the water and a capsized 15-foot boat. A Coast Guard Station Mayport 29-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew launched, arrived on scene at 6:25 p.m. and rescued one person from the water while the crew of the tugboat Sewells Point rescued two others.

20 Jul 2015

Maersk Starts Weekly Service through Port of Jacksonville

JAXPORT. Photo by Port of Jacksonville

The Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) has welcomed the 4,400 teu AS Mariana, the first ship in Maersk Line’s new weekly service to Asia through at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. JAXPORT has officially announced the addition of the world’s No. 1 container shipping company to the growing number of global carriers with regular container cargo service through Jacksonville. This addition service means that nine of the world’s top 10 global container carriers now offer their customers the opportunity to move containers into and out of Northeast Florida.

21 Oct 2013

Nett Technologies Complete JAXPORT Emissions Project

JAXPORT forklift, crane at work: Photo courtesy of JAXPORT

The EPA-funded JAXPORT diesel emissions reduction project completed by Nett Technologies involved the design, manufacture and installation of 19 Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC) onto several large container cranes, generator, forklift and trucks owned and operated by the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). JAXPORT is located in Jacksonville, Florida and is an independent seaport authority created by the Florida State Legislature to operate as a landlord, managing its equipment, upkeep, and the continued expansion and improvement of its port facilities.

27 Jun 2013

Sea Star Receives New Refrigerated Containers

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Sea Star Line, LLC recently took delivery of 150 new 40’ refrigerated containers in year two of a five year equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The new 40’ refrigerated containers are set to arrive at the Blount Island Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida in June 2013. The reefers will be fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery, the latest technology available for refrigerated equipment.

20 Jan 2010

Navy Prepositioning Ship Bound for Haiti

U.S. Navy Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus is loading cargo at Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 18-19 in support of international disaster relief efforts underway in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake. Lummus is loading supplies and equipment from both the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as cargo from other U.S. government agencies. USAID is providing more than 120 pallets of relief supplies, and more than 400 16-ounce bottles of propane for the shipment. The Marine Corps is providing cargo to support the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit as it gives humanitarian assistance to the people of Haiti. The cargo includes dump trucks, bulldozers and other heavy equipment.

12 Aug 2003

Marinette Marine Wins $40M Contract

Training Group Pacific; and Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla. be used to offload vehicles and cargo containers from ships at anchor. cumulative value of this contract to $404,815,320. Marinette, Wis., and is expected to be completed by January 2005. will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. received. is the contracting activity (N00025-03-C-0002).

03 Oct 2003

Navy Names Newest USNS Ship for Medal of Honor Recipient

The U.S. Lance Cpl. Roy M. Wheat, Tuesday, Oct. Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla. Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Atlantic, Lt. Gen. Martin R. Berndt, is the ceremony's principal speaker. Margaret Taylor, wife of Rep. across the bow to officially name the ship. The ship is named in honor of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Roy M. (1947-1967), a native of Moselle, Miss. On Aug. sacrificed his life to save the lives of two other Marines. with his own body. and possible death. with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. mariners as a part of the Maritime Prepostioning Force (MPF) program. roll-on/roll-off and container cargo. airfield, a naval construction battalion, and a fleet hospital. tons fully loaded, and can sustain speeds of more than 20 knots.

28 Jul 1999

Ports Applaud House Passage of WRDA '99

U.S. public ports applauded passage on of H.R. 1480 by the U.S. House of Representatives to enact Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation. WRDA legislation, among other things, authorizes deepening and modification of federal navigation projects at the nation's ports. Improving navigation infrastructure generates significant economic returns at the local, regional and national levels. The Senate also passed its version of WRDA, S. 507. Major port projects in WRDA'99 include those along the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington; at the ports of Baltimore; Oakland; Savannah and Brunswick, GA; Jacksonville and Tampa. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also has a project modification in the bill. Project details are listed below.

15 Nov 2004

Titan Saves Container Barge from Rocks

The 6,000 ton container barge Guantanamo Bay Express, departed Jacksonville, Florida at around midnight on November 12th under tow of the US flag SPENCE on her scheduled service to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Unfortunately, 30 knot gusts and 12 foot seas led to a parted tow wire allowing the barge to drift on to the rocks of the north Mayport Jetties. The owners of the barge took prompt action and engaged Titan Maritime to undertake salvage operations. Titan immediately mobilized the Smith Maritime tugs ELSBETH (1…

31 Aug 2007

Kvichak Constructing Four MPF Boats

Kvichak Marine Industries is currently constructing four each MPF utility boats for the United States Navy. The 40-ft. high-speed landing craft replace the Navy’s existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions. These four craft were ordered after the successful completion and delivery of 10 MPF utility boats to the Navy in early 2007. The 40 x 14 ft. landing craft have a loaded cruise speed of ~25 knots and a lightened flank speed of ~40 knots. The propulsion package includes: twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated for 660hp at 2300 rpm, ZF 325 marine gears, and Hamilton 364 water jets.

14 Nov 2006

Crowley Opens Distribution Center in Jacksonville

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s logistics group has moved and expanded its Jacksonville distribution center to the Jacksonville International Tradeport business park, which is strategically located near the Jacksonville International Airport with close access to the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand, Blount Island and Dames Point terminals. The address is 1420 Vantage Way, Unit 106; Jacksonville, Fla. 32218. The relocation this month has increased the company’s Jacksonville warehouse capacity approximately 33 percent to more than 34, 000 square feet, and nearly doubled existing pallet positions to more than 1,500. The distribution center has 15 dock-high loading doors to allow for increased throughput.

27 Jul 2006

Container Ship Aground in St. Johns

A 670-ft. container ship ran aground in the St. Johns River when it collided with the jetties near the Little Jetties Park at about 7:30 p.m. on July 25. Horizon Discovery from New York was freed at 11:15 the same night by tugboats and proceeded to Blount Island Marine Terminal. The Coast Guard did not observe oil or fuel leaking from the ship after its initial assessment, and said it would continue monitoring for leaks. Coast Guard inspectors from the Jacksonville sector are investigating the incident. No injuries were reported. The St. Johns River from Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Mayport to Blount Island was re-opened to commercial traffic the same night.

10 Jul 2006

Terminal Shut Down after Security Lapse

A cargo terminal on Blount Island, Fla., has resumed operations after being shut down yesterday afternoon by Coast Guard inspectors from Sector Jacksonville for not having a facility security officer present or specifically named in writing. After receiving an anonymous tip, Coast Guard inspectors went to the Ceres Marine Terminal Inc. and found that they had been without a facility security officer at the terminal for more than a week. After discovering this, Coast Guard inspectors immediately put a halt to operations. Early this morning the terminal company sent a facility security officer from Virginia, so that the facility could become compliant with Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulations again.

11 May 2006

Marinette Marine Wins Navy Deal

One, Coronado, Calif. Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla. manufacturing 300 powered and non-powered modules. detailed design drawings will be utilized for full rate production. $170,379,551. which if exercised, will bring the total contract value to $314,078,157. December 2007. will be through October 2009. the current fiscal year. on Aug. 12, 2003. Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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