19 November Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year November 19, 2018 By Laura Pavlus News shipping, logistics, JAXPORT, Northeast Florida , Jacksonville, cargo, FTZ 64 0 November 17, 2019 - Florida Times-Union - by David Bauerlein - full article here Jacksonville's Port Leads State in Container Traffic After Record Year A big jump in cargo has enabled JaxPort to lock down bragging rights as Florida’s busiest port authority for shipments of cargo containers, those stack able metal boxes that move global trade. JaxPort posted a 23-percent jump in the annual volume of containers moved at its three terminals in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a quantum leap driven by the strong economy and some one-time factors, such as disaster relief for Puerto Rico, that won’t be repeated in the coming year. Read more about the First Coast Expressway and Clay's logistical advantages here. Tenants at the Talleyrand, Dames Point and Blount Island terminals moved about 1.27 million cargo container units across the docks in the 2017-18 fiscal year, compared to just over 1 million in the prior year. “It’s tremendous growth,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, which represents the state’s 15 seaports. “To be honest with you, this is a story that we’re hearing at pretty much all of our seaports right now.” In Jacksonville, the pursuit of cargo containers is the driving force behind the costly deepening of the St. Johns River so it can accommodate bigger vessels carrying containers from Asia. But for the 2018 fiscal year, the biggest gain in cargo was for the Puerto Rico trade route, whose ships do not need the river to be deeper than its current 40 feet. Tenants at JaxPort terminals shipped 737,157 container units on the Puerto Rico trade route, which was a 37-percent increase from the prior year, according to JaxPort. A portion of that gain comes from Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime shifting more of its operations from a company-owned terminal to JaxPort’s Talleyrand terminal, giving another lift to JaxPort statistics. Even with the leap in cargo, JaxPort still is dwarfed by Savannah’s port. Savannah, which is run by the Georgia Ports Authority, broke through the 4 million container mark for annual cargo and shows no signs of resting on its laurels as ports compete to get the nod from shipping lines. The Charleston port run by the South Carolina Port Authority also remains well ahead of Jacksonville and is in expansion mode. JaxPort isn’t banking on another huge increase in cargo containers this fiscal year. The budget that runs through Sept. 30, 2019, is based on an 8-percent increase to hit 1.37 million TEUs, which is the shipping industry’s measurement for cargo moved in the equivalent of 20-foot containers. In Florida, the busiest ports for cargo containers have historically been Jacksonville, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. For the recent fiscal year, Port Everglades was second-busiest and Miami was third as each had their best years ever for containers. Wheeler said Florida ports have been able to capitalize on large-scale shifts in the shipping industry that saw East Coast ports gain a bigger share of Asian-based business from West Coast ports after the widening of the Panama Canal. He said the cruise industry continues to grow with more passengers and larger ships. The state is well positioned as a gateway for trade with Central America and South America, and the state’s growing population makes Florida a big market for goods, Wheeler said. “I think when you combine all those things together, we’re really reaping the benefits of some forethought and some investment to make sure our ports were in the best position to capture this opportunity,” he said. “The investments have continued to be there, and now we’re seeing the results we had hoped for by making those investments.” JaxPort joined with the state to make improvements at all three of its terminals. Some of JaxPort’s increase in cargo for 2017-18 was due to Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime moving more of its operations onto the Talleyrand terminal that is operated by JaxPort, enabling Crowley’s newest ships to fuel up with liquified natural gas. El Coqui launched earlier this year and Crowley expects delivery of sister ship Taino by the end of the year. Crowley and other JaxPort tenants serving Puerto Rico saw a surge in cargo after Hurricane Maria smashed the island in 2017, requiring supplies for disaster relief and recovery. Demand remains strong for cargo and supplies bound for Puerto Rico as the island rebuilds, Crowley says. In addition to using JaxPort’s terminal at Talleyrand, Crowley continues to launch barges to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean from a company-owned terminal at Talleyrand. In the 2018 fiscal year, Crowley shipped about 142,000 TEUs of containerized cargo out of the company’s terminal, which is not included in JaxPort’s figures since that cargo wasn’t on terminals owned by the port authority. Asian-based cargo, which arrived in Jacksonville starting in 2008, grew for the 11th year in a row and reached 429,000 TEUs, or one-third of JaxPort’s cargo containers. Asian trade has been JaxPort’s strongest growth area over the past decade. Those ocean-crossing ships are getting bigger, which has forced Jacksonville and other Southeast ports to deepen their channels at huge costs so they can compete. City Council President Aaron Bowman said that cargo growth also will help the region attract distribution centers and warehouses because as Florida grows, it will make more sense to ship good directly to Florida ports. “As time goes on, deep water is going to have more and more importance,” Bowman said. “We’ve got to do it.” So far, a combination of funding from JaxPort, the state and the federal government have paid for the dredging as it moves forward in phases. JaxPort has said it might ask the city to help pay for future deepening. “I think for right now, everything is looking good,” Bowman said. “Will the city have to pony up? Probably. 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