As JAXPORT plans the development of a new intermodal container transfer facility at Dames Point, a wide-ranging effort is underway to enhance infrastructure at Blount Island and Talleyrand terminals with new equipment and upgrades to wharves, rail and terminal areas.
JAXPORT and CSX Corp. are developing an intermodal container transfer facility, or ICTF, at Dames Point to facilitate the direct transfer of containers between vessels and trains. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation awarded JAXPORT a $10 million grant toward the development of the facility, and the State of Florida Dept. of Transportation has allocated $20 million to fund the project. Forecast to open as early as 2014, the new facility will complement existing on-dock rail facilities at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand and Blount Island terminals and will further enhance the competitiveness of the TraPac Container Terminal.
To improve existing infrastructure and equipment, JAXPORT’s capital improvement program includes installation of two new 50-long-ton New Panamax container cranes – completed in Fall 2011 – as well as upgrades to wharves, on-dock rail and terminal pavement areas.
Meanwhile, the TraPac Container Terminal features capacity to handle approximately 1 million TEUs annually, which benefits South Atlantic shippers looking to streamline their supply chains. Since the TraPac terminal opened in 2009, many retailers and 3PL firms have begun to take advantage of the global container services offered at the facility. In addition, more than 10 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space has been developed in Northeast Florida over the last few years, solidifying Jacksonville’s role as the major distribution focus among South Atlantic shippers.