The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), an independent government agency created by the Florida legislature, operates primarily as a landlord, managing the upkeep, improvement and expansion of Port Authority facilities and coordinating their use by private companies. The physical facilities owned by JAXPORT include docks and wharfs, cranes, a passenger cruise terminal, warehouses, paved open storage areas and road connections to the public highway system. The Port Authority provides and maintains the terminals and their equipment and manages the overall use of the facilities.
In addition, JAXPORT offers year-round cruise ship service aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' ship Carnival Fascination. The Carnival Fascination sails from the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal. Click for more cruise information.
The day-to-day operations of JAXPORT are not funded with public dollars. Private companies fund the port's operating expenses by paying for the use of port facilities through user fees, leases and other charges. JAXPORT's operating revenues less operating expenses yield positive net income each year. Click for JAXPORT's most recent Annual Report.
Jacksonville Port Authority's Strategic Plan
JAXPORT's Strategic Plan identifies a vision and mission for JAXPORT, defines the focus of the Port Authority and establishes major goals which are critical for its success.
The vision of the Jacksonville Port Authority is to be a major economic engine in Northeast Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port in the Southeastern United States, with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world.
The mission of the Jacksonville Port Authority is to contribute to the economic growth and vitality of Northeast Florida by fostering and stimulating commerce through the Port of Jacksonville. The mission will be accomplished through the effective and fiscally-responsible planning, development, management and marketing of the port's assets and facilities.