JAXPORT and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point today welcomed the 10,100-TEU (container) MOL Bravo, the largest containership to ever visit a Florida port. The MOL Bravo transited the Suez Canal from Asia before reaching the U.S. East Coast.
The federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet to accommodate more cargo aboard the largest ships is set to begin construction by early 2018.
"When our harbor is deepened to 47 feet, a ship like the MOL Bravo will move twice as much cargo in and out of JAXPORT," said Dennis Kelly, Regional Vice President and General Manager, TraPac Jacksonville.
JAXPORT offers direct trade with Asian ports through both the Panama and Suez Canals. The world's three largest ocean carrier alliances, THE Alliance, 2M and Ocean Alliance offer service through JAXPORT.
The port has recorded an average of 21 percent annual growth in Asian container volumes during the past five years.