The USA’s Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has completed the final phase of the USD100 million berth enhancement project at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island.
The SSA JCT now features a 47-ft (14.3-m) channel depth with 2,400 linear feet of newly rebuilt berthing space.
The rehabilitation project began in 2016 with the installation of a high-voltage electrical system equipped to power up to 10 container cranes. Subsequently, the berths were reconstructed in a series of four phases.
Together, the berth improvements and eco-friendly cranes increase energy efficiencies, reduce emissions from diesel-powered cranes and enhance night-time operations through the addition of high-powered LED lighting.
The berths also offer on-dock rail for cargo handling and feature heavy lift capabilities, including one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks, said Jaxport.
“This project significantly enhances our deepwater berthing capabilities at Blount Island, maximising the efficiencies created by the deepening project,” added Jaxport ceo Eric Green.