Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has completed the latest phase of berth enhancements at its Blount Island Marine Terminal in the USA.

This latest phase in the USD104 million infrastructure improvement project has added 700 ft (213.3 m) of deepwater berthing space to SSA Jacksonville container terminal at Blount Island.

Completion of the final phase, adding a further 700 ft, will coincide with the completion of harbour deepening in 2022.

The project to deepen the shipping channel is funded through Blount Island and will see the channel deepened from its current depth of 40 ft (12.2 m) to 47 ft (14.3 m).

Upon completion of the enhancements, the facility will feature two newly reconstructed 1,200 ft-long (365.8 m-long) container berths capable of simultaneously accommodating two post-Panamax vessels. The berths are electrified to handle a total of ten environmentally-friendly electric-powered container cranes – three of which are already in operation.

Eric Green, ceo at Jaxport, said: “From berth enhancements that will support more environmentally-friendly cranes to terminal improvements and a deeper harbour, 2021 will be a year of significant progress for many of our major growth projects.”