Nearly a year after JaxPort celebrated the completion of a $420 million project to deepen 11 miles of the St. Johns River to 47 feet, the largest container ship to ever call on Jacksonville is expected to arrive at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal on Tuesday.
That’s when One Stork, sailing under the flag of Japan, will mark a new era for Jacksonville’s port first signaled a year ago when JaxPort Chairwoman Wendy Hamilton said, “The future is here and JaxPort is equipped to meet the needs of the nation’s supply chain for generations to come.”
The process to deepen the river began in 2010 and spanned the administrations of three presidents, three Jacksonville mayors and four JaxPort CEOs to perform studies, secure financing and, finally, to dredge the river.
In May 2022, U.S. Army Col. James Booth, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, said the deepening was a “mega-project that cements Jacksonville’s status as a critical port of call for global 21st Century commerce and economic development.”
Here’s what you need to know about One Stork and how you can view its arrival.
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Source: First Coast News