Highly trained stevedores at JAXPORT's Talleyrand Marine Terminal recently moved four massive Caterpillar 770 specialty dump trucks onto a roll-on, roll-off cargo ship bound for a Morton Salt facility in the southern Bahamas. The trucks will be used to haul salt harvested for water softening and road de-icing.
JAXPORT's 100-ton multi-purpose whirly crane was used to lift the vehicles — each weighing 35 tons, standing 14 feet tall and measuring 30 feet in length — onto the chartered vessel VI-NAIS. The four trucks were transported to Jacksonville via individual flatbed tractor trailers from a heavy equipment dealer in St. Augustine, Fla., where they had been refurbished.
The stevedores involved in the operation are experienced in the movement of specialty, heavy-lift cargo and are employed by JAXPORT tenant Seaonus.
Talleyrand Marine Terminal offers 4,780 linear feet of berth space and is conveniently located near three U.S. interstates, I-10, I-95 and I-75. Jacksonville's skilled workforce offers a variety of labor options, including highly trained master riggers specializing in heavy lift and project cargo.