SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal

terminal improvements currently underway

A $72 million project to expand and modernize the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island terminal is more than halfway complete.

The phased construction project began in 2022, with SSA Marine recently completing four of the project’s eight phases, including installing upgraded terminal lighting and a redesigned terminal gate system, as well as paving nearly 40 acres with heavy-duty asphalt. Six new outbound truck lanes are open, with improvements to the terminal’s six inbound lanes scheduled for completion in late 2024.

Upon completion in 2025, the facility will feature 97 acres of newly paved asphalt to accommodate taller stacks of loaded containers, with the capability to further expand the terminal to 120 acres as needed. Once complete, the facility will be able to accommodate nearly 500,000 TEUs annually, a 150% increase over its current throughput.

The project is funded by SSA Marine and a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal features a 47-foot deepwater shipping channel and six 100-foot gauge electric container cranes, including three new 100-foot gauge electric cranes, which arrived in summer 2023.

Adjacent to the terminal, the design is underway to raise overhead powerlines to increase the operational height of the terminal to 205 feet, with completion in 2027.


Existing Capabilities

12.5 nautical miles (23.2km) from the Atlantic Ocean

Channel depth: 47 ft. (14.32 m)

Air draft: 175 ft. (53.34m) – increasing to 205 ft. (62.48m) in 2025

Terminal Area: 103 acres (0.38 sq km)

Linear berthing space: 3,500 linear ft. (838.2m) of newly rebuilt berths

Deck height above MSL (mean sea level): +9 ft. (+2.43m)

Equipment: Nine container cranes: six 65-ton, 100-gauge, including three arriving in 2023; and three 50-ton, 50 gauge

Reefer Plugs: 250

Near-Dock Rail Connection: CSX

Highway Connections: Minutes from I-295 with connections to I-95 and I-10


Mean High Water (MHW): +2.2 ft. (+0.67m) MSL

Mean Low Water (MLW): -1.3 ft. (-0.39m) MSL

Turning Basin

Dimensions: 2,672 ft. x 1,500 ft. (814.42m x 457.2m)

Depth: 47 ft. (14.32m)

For tide windows and information on accessing the Port of Jacksonville’s harbor, please contact the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association at or by phone at (904) 246-6716.

Commercial Real Estate in Jacksonville, Florida

Total existing inventory: 152M SF

Under construction: 7M SF

Jacksonville sort centers: UPS: 1.6M SF / USPS: 1.4M SF

*Amazon also operates more than 4M sq ft of distribution center space in Jacksonville.

Cold Storage

42M+ cubic feet of refrigerated space available, another 24M cubic feet opening or under construction

150,000 pallet positions