What they are saying: JAXPORT and SSA Marine break ground on $238.7 million international container terminal

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Brenda Priestly Jackson
Nov 26, 2019 | Cargo Blog, Press Releases
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Here’s what government, industry and local leaders have to say in response to the groundbreaking of the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. The project is a public-private partnership with support from the federal government, the state of Florida and the City of Jacksonville, as well as private partner SSA Marine.

admiral mark h. Buzby

u.s. dot maritime administrator

“This is where we move military cargo in and out in times of crisis or during a national emergency. Keeping that capability tuned up is very, very important, which is why we’re very happy to make this investment.”

congressman Ted Yoho

“My team and I have worked tirelessly over the last 8 years to support and grow the JAXPORT footprint. While the importance of the economic engine that exists as a result of JAXPORT cannot be overstated, it is also important to remember the critical importance that this port and region plays for our national defense. Continued investments such as this will not only provide reliable and well-paying jobs, but will ensure that the maritime industry and the many purposes it serves here at home are secure.”

congressman John Rutherford

“As JAXPORT continues to set record cargo volumes year after year, I am committed to using my role on the House Appropriations Committee to support the vision of our local leaders and the folks at JAXPORT who work hard every day to keep our port city thriving.”

Florida representative clay Yarborough

“Great to be part of the groundbreaking for JAXPORT’s new SSA Marine Terminal made possible through U.S. DOT’s BUILD grant. More jobs for Florida and Jax!”

– via Facebook

Florida representative Kimberly Daniels

FL Rep. Kimberly Daniels

“Thanks to the public and private partnerships that have worked over the years to bring our port where it is today. Jacksonville is on the move.”

– via Facebook

Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry

Jax Mayor Lenny Curry

“Under the leadership of Eric Green, things are happening. The port is happening. I just want to take a moment to say to this Board, to this CEO: Keep pushing, and good work.”

Jacksonville City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson

Brenda Priestly Jackson

“It’s all about public-private partnerships and about elected officials at the federal level and local and state working together.”

Jacksonville City Councilman & JAXPORt City Council Liaison Ron Salem

“Congratulations to JAXPORT! We broke ground on their new international container terminal at Blount Island this morning. I am very proud to support this job-creating machine we are so lucky to have here in Jacksonville.”

-via Twitter

JAXPORT Vice Chairman Jamie Shelton

Jamie Shelton

“This facility represents a milestone in the evolution of our port. Together, with the support of Secretary Elaine Chao and our federal, state and local partners—JAXPORT and SSA Marine are investing in our region’s future and ensuring we can continue to create more jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Northeast Florida.”

SSA Marine Vice President – Project Engineering & Implementation Ari Steinberg

Ari Steinberg

“This public-private partnership enables SSA to provide a world-class facility for our customers while investing in Northeast Florida—a community in which we have proudly served for more than four decades.”