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JAXPORT raises the roof… and other building parts, too!

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April 18, 2016

Highly trained master riggers recently moved 42 large steel pieces that will ultimately form a Northeast Florida manufacturing facility. The cargo moved through the heavy lift and specialty cargo berth at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, home of one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks.

Workers employed by stevedoring company Portus lifted the pieces one at a time from the Thorco Shipping general cargo vessel Genius Star XI before placing them on individual chassis to be trucked to Starke, Fla., where they will be assembled together to create a freestanding manufacturing facility.

The pieces, which arrived at JAXPORT from Shanghai, China, each weigh up to 111,000 pounds and are up to 50 feet in length.

A second shipment containing the remainder of the components for the project will arrive through JAXPORT in June.

The heavy lift cargo berth at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal offers up to 1,800 pounds per square foot of load capacity with rail capability up to 78 kips per axle for heavy cargo. The port offers worldwide cargo service, including direct service with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.

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