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Harbor Deepening

Sign the petition: Deepen JAXPORT now!

Download the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening fact sheet.


Deepening the harbor is essential to meet the needs of larger cargo ships transiting the Suez and Panama Canals as those vessels deliver cargo to JAXPORT terminals. A 47-foot depth for the federal channel will position JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for fully loaded New Panamax class vessels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducted a comprehensive, years-long economic, engineering and environmental study of the project. In June 2017, JAXPORT’s Board of Directors allocated the first phase of port funding to the USACE for construction and environmental monitoring. Construction is set to begin by early 2018.

Along with significant state funding already in place, the $484 million, 11-mile project recently received $21.5 million in federal funds along with a new start designation making it eligible for further federal dollars.

More information about the Harbor Deepening project is available on the USACE website.


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