Refrigerated cargo service now offered between Jacksonville and Africa
October 10, 2013
The Lombardia, a vessel now offering reefer service by Galborg USA LLC, arrived at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal today. View all photos.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is offering shippers the opportunity to move refrigerated cargoes from Jacksonville, Fla. to ports in Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique. The first vessel in the upgraded service arrived at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal today.
“Jacksonville is a good fit on the U.S. East Coast for Galborg as it offers minimum deviation from the Gulf, as well as deep water and well-equipped terminals,” said David Groves, Director of Galborg USA LLC. “JAXPORT is accessible for our main southbound customers receiving mining machinery, used trucks/equipment, forest products, boats and containers, including IMO Class 1 and now refrigerated cargoes.”
Galborg USA has provided carrier services between Jacksonville and Africa for 15 years. The company recently upgraded its vessel fleet and now offers up to 100 refrigerated units on each ship. The service calls at Walvis Bay, Namibia; Cape Town and Durban, South Africa; and Maputo, Mozambique.
“The addition of refrigerated cargo service from Jacksonville to Africa is another example of JAXPORT’s commitment to maintaining and growing a diversified line of business,” said Roy Schleicher, JAXPORT’s Executive Vice President / Chief Commercial Officer.
Longtime JAXPORT tenant Portus, a container and heavy lift cargo terminal operator at Blount Island, handles the shipments, which also include containers, mining and construction equipment and used trucks.
“Galborg has always worked with a broad diversification of cargoes, and we are looking forward to increasing volumes as we highlight the range of cargoes handled out of Jacksonville,” said Chris May, President of Portus.
Later this year, Portus plans to ship frozen poultry on the service. Trucking companies handling heavier export cargoes such as food commodities continue to benefit from a decision made earlier this year by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to increase the maximum gross vehicle weight for sealed cargo containers from 95,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds.
At the time of the announcement, FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “By implementing these rule changes, we are not only enabling freight to flow better but ensuring that Florida remains competitive. A level playing field leads to more business opportunities and good jobs for Florida families.”
To schedule a booking on the Jacksonville - Africa service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free (877) 425-7447.