After much anticipation, TraPac marked the official opening of its new 158-acre terminal, with the arrival of the CMA CGM Virginia (Voyage 161E) at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT).
The Virginia’s arrival brings to fruition nearly four years of work that began with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 3, 2005.
“The opening of the TraPac Terminal signals JAXPORT’s move into the big leagues of international trade,” said Rick Ferrin, JAXPORT’s Executive Director. “This is the start of Jacksonville’s future as a hub for transportation and logistics, and we look forward to a long, successful collaboration with MOL/TraPac.”
Financial figures estimate that TraPac’s new JAXPORT terminal is expected to generate nearly a billion dollars annually in local economic benefits – almost three times the proceeds generated by the Super Bowl – from private sector wages, taxes and revenue earned by neighboring businesses.
With its outstanding rail and highway access, as well as a cutting-edge container handling system capable of 800,000 TEUs annually, TraPac Jacksonville is destined to become a first-string player in one of the fastest growing markets in the US.