April 24, 2015 was a good news and bad news day in the Port of Jacksonville. The good news is that the largest container ship ever to call on the port arrived. The MOL Northern Juvenile, which has the capacity to carry 8,800 shipping containers, arrived from Asia via the Suez Canal to load and offload cargo at JAXPORT’S TracPac Container Terminal at Dames Point.
The bad news is that although an impressive amount of both inbound and outbound cargo was involved, employing hundreds of Florida workers, 22,000 tons of cargo had to be taken off the ship and an equivalent amount uploaded at out-of-state port due to the 40-foot depth of the St Johns River shipping channel. However problems like this won’t occur once the Federal Government completes a project to increase the depth to 47 feet.
The project is now in the design and engineering phase, but, as far as the Port of Jacksonville is concerned, the improvement can’t arrive soon enough. JAXPORT has already done its part, investing $600 million dollars in cranes, railroad equipment, and docks to add depth to the federal shipping channel. This is money well invested since the port presently services over 40 carriers that offer direct service to and from Africa, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. This translates into moving over 1,000,000 containers through the city’s public and private marine terminals.
All this shipping makes the location of CWI Logistics’s port serviced warehouse in Jacksonville ideal. Located on 79 acres and conveniently situated within miles of Talleyrand, Jacksonville International Airport, Blount Island and interstate highways I-95, I-75, and I-10, the 100,000 square foot dry storage warehouse is equipped with twenty high doors and two 20,000 lbs. dock levelers. The space can expand to provide an equivalent 1.5-million square feet if needed.
And with Florida now the third most populated state, with 60 million consumers living within a one-hour drive of the port, it’s likely that the warehouse will need every inch of that space to handle its share of JAXPORT’s balance of imports and exports.