The logistics industry in Northeast Florida is getting a huge boost this year, after dredging of the St. John’s River began on Feb. 3 by Dutra Group.
This historic project will result in the 47 ft deepening of 13 miles of the river, encouraging the traffic of mega-ships carrying larger hauls to JAXPORT. Not only will the bolster business in the region, but create logistics jobs for many.
“This is Jacksonville’s single largest opportunity to grow the port, add good jobs and better our community,” JAXPORT spokeswoman Nancy Rubin said recently in a statement. “After a decade of study, independent review, public input and full regulatory approval, it is time to begin this project and bring employment and increased opportunity to our fellow citizens.”
When it comes to incorporating larger cargo ships, deepening of this particular stretch of the St. John’s river is essential, as it opens up passage for ships traveling from the Suez and Panama Canals to JAXPORT. Therefore, this establishes JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for fully loaded New Panamax class vessels, according to their website.
The first phase of dredging is currently underway, and logistics in Jacksonville is looking bright as the St.John’s River dredging project progresses, bringing employment opportunities to the city. Phase 2 of the dredging will be open for contract bids come June 2018.