Exploring JAXPORT

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Established in 1963 and already one of the largest commercial cargo ports on the Atlantic Coast, JAXPORT seeks to become a major economic engine in North Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world.


The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is an independent governmental agency responsible for the development of public seaport facilities in Jacksonville, Florida.  JAXPORT owns three cargo facilities: the Blount Island Marine Terminal, the Talleyrand Marine Terminal and the Dames Point Marine Terminal.  JAXPORT also owns the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal and operates a ferry service on the St. Johns River.

Blount Island Marine Terminal

Located only nine miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the Blount Island Marine Terminal has more than 6,600 linear feet of deepwater berths.

This 754-acre terminal is JAXPORT's largest marine facility and one of the largest vehicle import/export centers in the United States.  The terminal handles more than 80 percent of the nearly 800,000 TEUs moved annually through JAXPORT facilities.  The terminal also handles ro/ro, autos, heavy lift and general cargo.

This marine terminal has one 100-ton whirly crane and six container cranes.  Blount Island also offers 240,000-square feet of transit shed space and a 90,000-square foot Container Freight Station for cross-dock efficiency.  Blount Island is served by CSX.

Blount Island Marine Terminal tenants include:

832nd Transportation Battalion
APM Terminals
APS East Coast, Inc.
Ceres Marine Terminal
Coastal Maritime Stevedoring LLC
Hoegh Auto Liners
International Transport Logisitics, Inc.
Marine Terminals Corp.
MBT Enterprises, LLC
Sea Star Line, LLC
Terminal Services
Trailer Bridge, Inc.
WWL Vehicle Services

Talleyrand Marine Terminal

The Talleyrand Marine Terminal is located 21 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  This 173-acre terminal has 4,800 linear feet of berthing space on 38 feet of deepwater with a dredgind project underway that will increase depth to 41 feet.

The terminal handles containerized and breakbulk cargoes, imported automobilies and liquid bulk commodities such as turpentine and molasses.  Breakbulk cargoes include steel, lumber and paper, and a variety of frozen and chilled goods.  Talleyrand is equipped with four container cranes, on-dock rail and 160,000 square feet of transit shed space capable of handling cargo in refrigerated, freezer or ambient conditions.  Additionally, a new 553,000-square foot warehouse stores a variety of cargoes, including metal products, rolls of fine and specialty papers, magazine papers and newsprint.

The Talleyrand terminal also offers two 50-LT capacity rubber tired gantry cranes, both of which straddle four rail spurs totaling 4,800 linear feet.  Talleyrand is served by CSX, FEC and NS railroads, with on-dock rail operated by Talleyrand Terminal Railroad, Inc.

Talleyrand Tenants Include:

Crowley Liner Services
Global Stevedoring, Inc.
Hamburg Sud North America
ICS Logistics
JAXPORT Refrigerated Services
Laser International/Pioneer
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Southeast Toyota Distributors
Talleyrand Terminal Railroad
Westway Trading, Inc.

Dames Point Marine Terminal

The Dames Point Marine Terminal is JAXPORT's newest marine facility.  The terminal fronts on the harbor's 41-foot deep water channel.  Located on more than 585 acres, this terminal is only 11 miles from open sea.

Besides servicing bulk cargoes on 22 acres at this facility, JAXPORT and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., a Tokyo-based global steamship line, have built the new TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point.  This 158-acre technological advanced facility includes two 1,200-foot berths and six Post-Panamax container cranes.

One mile northwest of the Dames Point Marine Terminal, the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal (63,000 square feet) offers service to cruise ships calling Jacksonville.  JAXPORT has consistently been ranked as one of the top cruise ports in the country, based on surveys conducted among passengers.

Dames Point Marine tenants include:

Martin Marietta Aggregates
Rinker Materials - Cemex
TraPac Marine Terminal
Carnival Cruise Lines
JAXPORT Cruise Operations

Did You Know?

- Each year, goods from more than 100 countries are imported and exported by ship through Jacksonville's harbor-the roughly 30-mile stretch of the St. Johns River from the Atlantic Ocean to downtown Jacksonville.

- JAXPORT facilities do not handle all the cargo moving over the St. Johns River.  In fact, more than 20 maritime facilities in Jacksonville's harbor are owned and operated separately from JAXPORT.  These facilities include private dry docks, petroleum terminals and the U.S. Navy's Mayport Naval Station.

- About 150 employees work at JAXPORT, but more than 50,000 people have jobs reliant on the local maritime industry.  These include private sector jobs such as longshoremen, crane operators, truck drivers and others working in industries which rely on the port.  

- The total annual economic impact of Jacksonville's port is estimated at $2.7 billion, to include port wages, salaries, taxes, business revenue and spending.

- About 43% of all cargo at JAXPORT is carried in large metal containers, ranging in length from 20 feet to 53 feet.

- Each year, Jacksonville's port handles more than 600,000 vehicles, making Jacksonville one of the busiest auto import and export centers in the United States.

- Each year, JAXPORT handles more than two million tons of "bulk" cargo.  Dry bulk materials such as limestone, gravel, woodchips or coal are carried in a ship's hold and discharged into piles on port property.  Liquid bulks such as cooking oil, corn syrup or petroleum are carried in large storage tanks on board vessels and pumped into rail cars or storage tanks at JAXPORT.

- JAXPORT's cruise business creates 405 jobs in Northeast Florida--including 191 direct jobs and 214 indirect jobs.  This includes workers at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal handling luggage, customer service, parking and security, as well as jobs generated in the community to support passengers and crew members, such as ground transportation and hospitality.  The cruise industry contributes more than $40 million annually into the Jacksonville economy.

The Future

It is expected that more than 75,000 North Florida residents will be employed in port-related activities within the next decade and that port industries will generate $5-6 billion for the local economy.


Article by Ennis Davis and Photographs by Daniel Herbin.  

JAXPORT tour arranged by Robert Mann.