More than 182,900 TEU moved through the port in May 2021, beating Jaxport's previous monthly container volume record of 123,700 TEU from October 2019, reports Jacksonville's Container News.
Jaxport CEO, Eric Green, said: 'The investments that we're making in our port facilities ensure that we can continue to provide the efficient service our customers have come to expect from Jacksonville.
'Jaxport has developed a reputation in the marketplace for our ability to get vessels in and out of the port quickly, a position we are proud to have maintained throughout the supply chain challenges that have impacted our industry over the last 18 months.'
In the fiscal year 2021 nearly 950,000 TEU have moved through the port, increasing 15 per cent to date. Volumes for the port's two largest trade lanes for containers - Puerto Rico and Asia - are up 19 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively.
To keep up with the growth in cargo volume, Jaxport has invested into increasing efficiency and capacity, like the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet from its current depth of 40 feet, which will be completed through Blount Island in 2022.
Berth enhancements to enable Jaxport to simultaneously handle two postpanamax ships will be completed in coordination with the deepening project and US$72 million in phased yard improvements are currently underway to enable Blount Island to accommodate more containers.
Jaxport's auto volumes also continue to rebound from the supply chain disruption created by the pandemic. Through the first eight months of the fiscal year, the port's auto volumes are up 15 per cent over the same period last year.
To date, 453,361 autos have moved through Jaxport, putting the port on pace to surpass 2020 volumes.