Our need to act means to push hard for deepening the channel and expanding rail connectivity. It is entirely conceivable that we could extend the channel to Talleyrand. As for us not being in the game, we already are in the game, Jacksonville still has some time to get to work on our Port infrastructure as the Panama Canal won't be completed until mid 2015.
I don't think you realize how close 2015 is. If you want to be in position for something coming in two years, we should have secured the approval, funds, and started dredging already. If you have not achieved any of these things and still have no clue how to come up with the $600 million to $1 billion in funding needed, you're not going to be ready in 2020, much less 2015.
Oh I realize it's very close, but I'm not too concerned with having the depth the moment the first ship slides through the canal. In spite of all of the hype, this isn't a horse race, it really doesn't matter how fast we get there, so long as we are headed in the right direction. BTW if the canal follows the usual Panama/Colombia build time, it won't be open in 2015, and 16 is doubtful. LOL. We simply need to focus like a laser beam to get'r done as soon as we can secure funding.
Also, where did the maps come from? The third map doesn't even have Charleston, nothing illustrates Port Everglades, and the first suggests Tampa is a post panamax port. Tampa isn't a post panamax port according to Anderson. It appears, they've decided to focus on a niche market without worrying about dredging to 50' or wondering what to do with the Sunshine State Skyway. Also, the second to last graphic indicates Houston is already dredging. If you want to get access to the Midwest markets, why not Houston instead of going up the East Coast to JAXPORT?
Houston-Jacksonville-Savannah are all within the same time window, so if we're talking schedules directly from the Orient then they are pretty much the same. Houston has great railroad connections north to Dallas and KC but not so much toward Tennessee. We have two superior railroad lines 'Heavy signaled main lines' to Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville etc. then either Savannah or Houston. New Orleans would beat us on the Memphis route and it would be about a 50/50 deal to Birmingham.
Hong Kong - Key West = speed 24.5 kn = 10,289 miles = 17.5 days transit time
Hong Kong - Tampa = speed 24.5 kn = 10,447 miles = 17.8 days transit time
Hong Kong - New Orleans = speed 24.5 kn = 10,638 miles = 18.1 days transit time
Hong Kong - Houston = speed 24.5 kn = 10,763 miles = 18.3 days transit time
Hong Kong - Jacksonville = speed 24.5 kn = 10,740 miles = 18.3 days transit time
Hong Kong - Savannah = speed 24.5 kn = 10,798 miles = 18.4 days transit time
Hong Kong - Wilmington = speed 24.5 kn = 10,844 miles = 18.4 days transit time
The point is, that small ship niche market is going the way of the coastal schooner, Junk, or tramp steamer. The cost of operation and the economies of scale favor the Post-Panamax ships.
The one possible stumbling block with Tampa and Jacksonville are the bridges and the JEA Power Lines, both the Sunshine Skyway and the Dames Point have only 175' feet of clearance below. The 215 foot goal in New York Harbor seems to be something Florida might want to look at somewhere down the road. If a ship clears Balboa, Panama at low tide, it could have an air draft of 205 feet, normal air draft of Post Panamax Ships is 190 feet.
On the Bayonne Bridge in New York the roadbed will be raised to 215 feet, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced yesterday, nixing the costlier alternative of replacing the existing span.
The iconic bridge must be raised from its current clearance height of 151 feet by 2014, when an expanded Panama Canal will allow larger ships through on their way to East Coast ports.
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said the bi-state agency, which operates the bridge, estimates the cost of raising the roadbed will be between $1 billion and $1.3 billion. Replacing the bridge would cost about $4 billion, Baroni said.
The maps and some of the data comes from 'Colliers International - White Paper' 'NORTH AMERICAN PORT ANALYSIS AUG. 2012' http://www.colliers.com/en-US/US/~/media/Files/MarketResearch/UnitedStates/Colliers_PortReport_2012q2_final.ashx?
Data: 'US Army Corps of Engineers'
'PORT AND INLAND WATERWAYS MODERNIZATION: PREPARING FOR POST-PANAMAX' VESSELShttp://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/docs/portswaterways/rpt/June_20_U.S._Port_and_Inland_Waterways_Preparing_for_Post_Panamax_Vessels.pdf
'Bureau of Economic and Business Research'
'INTERMODALISM, PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION, AND FLORIDA’S PORTS'http://www.bebr.ufl.edu/articles/economic-analysis/intermodalism-panama-canal-expansion-and-florida-s-ports
JACKSONVILLE HAS SUPERIOR RAIL LINKS
Savannah-Atlanta Railroad Lines:Jacksonville-Atlanta Railroad Lines: