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The Florida Times-Union Editorial Board recognized Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) CEO Eric Green for his leadership in growing Jacksonville’s seaport over the last five years, including the port’s continued success amid global supply chain disruption created by the pandemic. JAXPORT has attracted $1 billion in investments since Green was named Chief Executive Officer in 2017.
“It’s impressive that many private businesses are investing private dollars at the Jacksonville port,” the Florida Times-Union said. “It’s time to recognize Green for the role he’s played in continuing to attract new and expanding business to the port,” the publication continued.
Earlier this month, CEO Green outlined strategic growth across the port’s cargo terminals and business lines during the sold-out State of the Port address.
JAXPORT’s single biggest growth initiative, deepening the shipping channel to 47 feet, is anticipated to be complete in May 2022. The project is partially funded through a public-private partnership and was a key factor in global shipping line SeaLead’s recent decision to select JAXPORT as a port of call on its first US East Coast container service.
“I’m most proud of the harbor deepening project and the public-private partnerships that we’ve been able to create in the last five years,” Green told the Florida Times-Union.
Last month, JAXPORT and Ceres Terminals entered into a public-private partnership to modernize the TraPac Jacksonville container terminal at Dames Point. The 20-year, $60 million agreement includes $15 million in terminal upgrades funded by Ceres, including investments in cargo handling equipment and systems.
JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle handling ports. Cargo activity through Jacksonville’s port supports 138,500 jobs in Florida and more than $31.1 billion in annual economic impact for the region and state.
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