Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), which is served by 40 daily trains via CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS), as well as regional railroad Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), announced on Nov. 28 that it has partnered with U.K.-based Ellerman City Liners to offer direct container service to/from three destinations in Europe.
According to JAXPORT, Ellerman City Liners will begin calling the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at the Authority’s Blount Island Marine Terminal with the arrival of the containership SC Mara in late December.
The bi-weekly service, JAXPORT says, offers premium transit times of 13 to 17 days from North Europe to Jacksonville. The port rotation will include Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Tilbury, England; New York, N.Y.; Wilmington, N.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla. SSA Atlantic will provide stevedoring services at Blount Island.
According to JAXPORT, the trans-Atlantic service will move a variety of consumer goods, such as auto parts, clothing, and wine and spirits, while providing export capabilities for made-in-U.S. goods, including forest products.
“Jacksonville has a strong relationship with the city of London, and we are proud to build on that partnership by offering a new direct trans-Atlantic container service from a UK-based ocean carrier,” said JAXPORT Director of Ocean Carrier Development Joyssy Woody. “Jacksonville’s location, the capabilities of our port partners, and lack of congestion continue to attract the interest of ocean carriers like Ellerman looking to take advantage of JAXPORT’s efficiencies.”