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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now offering a new Caribbean container service through the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), where it currently operates three other services. MSC’s Florida Gulf Feeder rotation connects Jacksonville to major transshipment hubs in the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.
The weekly service will begin calling the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal with the arrival of the container ship MSC Reet II on April 12.
The port rotation will be Freeport, Bahamas; Rio Haina and Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Jacksonville. SSA Atlantic will provide stevedoring services at Blount Island.
“This service expands our global reach by growing transshipment opportunities between Jacksonville and every major port in the world,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are grateful for the strong partnership with MSC and thank them for growing their business and the jobs and economic impact it supports in Jacksonville.”
The Florida Gulf Feeder will be MSC’s fourth service at JAXPORT, complementing MSC’s existing service from Jacksonville to Freeport through its Canada Gulf Bridge and Bahamas Express services. MSC also connects Jacksonville to four ports in Asia through the 2M Alliance.
Located in the heart of the Southeast U.S., JAXPORT is Florida’s No. 1 container port by volume and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Jacksonville offers two-way ship traffic with no berth or terminal congestion and same-day access to 98 million U.S. consumers.