Construction on the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) on Blount Island began in January 2022 and includes eight phases planned over three years. The upgraded terminal will feature 93 acres of high-density pavement to accommodate taller stacks of containers, with the capability to grow to 120 acres as needed.
Upon completion in 2024, the SSA facility will be able to accommodate nearly 500,000 TEUs (containers) annually.
Included within the eight phases are upgraded terminal lighting, a new terminal gate system offering six inbound lanes and six outbound, and additional yard equipment.
With upgrades to the terminal infrastructure, three new eco-friendly 100-gauge cranes arrived in summer 2023, bringing the SSA JCT’s total to six. The new cranes can reach 25 containers across a ship’s deck and lift one over 10 containers high.
Funding is in place to raise the overhead powerlines near the terminal. Upon completion of the project in 2025, Blount Island will have an operational air draft clearance of 205 ft. above mean high water.