JAXPORT begins new Panama Canal era

Jul 12, 2016 | Press Releases

The MOL Majesty made history today at JAXPORT as the first containership to arrive at the port through the new, expanded locks of the Panama Canal. The ship docked at TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point where crews unloaded and loaded cargo.

The 991-foot Majesty has a maximum capacity of 6,724 TEU (containers) requiring 46.5 feet of water when fully laden. The federal project to increase Jacksonville’s harbor to 47 feet to accommodate larger container vessels fully loaded is moving into the construction phase.

“The arrival of the MOL Majesty through the new locks is a reminder that this is a time of great growth potential for JAXPORT and Northeast Florida,” said JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor. “We already have the infrastructure, highway and rail connections, labor options and efficiency that the international cargo industry demands, and we are on our way toward a harbor depth that will accommodate ships like the Majesty at capacity, creating jobs and opportunity.”

More than 1 million containers move through Jacksonville’s public and private marine terminals annually. Jacksonville offers worldwide cargo service from more than 40 ocean carriers, including direct service with Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.

See photos from the event.