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Back-up generator recycled and rebuilt by JAXPORT employees keeps information flowing during Matthew

October 14, 2016

A back-up power generator made of recycled crane components successfully completed its first real world exercise during Hurricane Matthew, keeping JAXPORT's main office near downtown Jacksonville connected with tenants, customers, employees and the community during the storm’s power outages.

The generator was constructed by JAXPORT terminal personnel using surplus crane parts, including an engine and electrical generator. The unit, housed in a recycled shipping container, is capable of providing the port with 30,000 continuous hours of back-up power.

JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal Equipment Manager Dave Barber led the rebuild project. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our personnel, JAXPORT was well-prepared to meet the needs of our customers during the storm,” Barber said.

This emergency power project is part of the port’s long-term Contingency of Operations Plan which calls for additional permanent stand-by generators at key locations. Construction of the power generation unit included a total rebuild of a surplus crane engine, reconditioning of a 40-year-old crane generator and the installation of a new electrical control system.

The rebuilt generator allowed JAXPORT to provide continuous updates via to cargo customers, shippers and other port partners around the world during the height and immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 7-8, 2016.