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Although use of Jacksonville’s port dates back to at least 1565, the Jacksonville Port Authority was created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in 1963 to develop, maintain and market ...

Although use of Jacksonville’s port dates back to at least 1565, the Jacksonville Port Authority was created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in 1963 to develop, maintain and market public port facilities in Northeast Florida. Throughout 2013, JAXPORT will honor the work that has shaped today's success. This publication highlights the major milestones achieved during the last 50 years.



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  • ‘63‘68JAXPORT TIMELINE1963 Florida Legislature creates theJacksonville Port AuthorityEager to build port business for the community, theJacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Senator JackMathews urged the State Legislature to create theJacksonville Port Authority (JPA). The City transferred tothe JPA the Talleyrand Municipal Docks near down-town and a tract of land known as Goat Island, laterrenamed Blount Island.1968 JPA takes over airport facilitiesAs part of the consolidation of the City of Jacksonvilleand Duval County, the City transferred ownership andmanagement of its airports to the JPA. In addition to itsmaritime responsibilities, the Port Authority managedoperations at Jacksonville International Airport, CraigAirport and Herlong Airport until October 1, 2001,when a separate Jacksonville Airport Authority wascreated to manage those facilities.Although use of Jacksonville’s port datesback to at least 1565, the JacksonvillePort Authority was created by a specialact of the Florida Legislature in 1963to develop, maintain and market port facilities.Throughout 2013, JAXPORT is honoring the workthat has shaped today’s success. Journey with us through JAXPORT’s history,and review a few of our historical milestones inthe pages ahead. For more information aboutJAXPORT and our 50th anniversary activities, visitjaxport.com/jaxport50, and to view more archi-val images, visit flickr.com/jaxport.Dave Rawls, JPA ManagingDirector from 1963-1970
  • ‘781972 JPA sells eastern half of Blount IslandJPA sold the eastern half of Blount Island to Offshore Power Sys-tems, Inc. when this company announced plans to build floatingnuclear power stations. For a variety of economic reasons, theproject never moved forward and the property was sold to GateMaritime, Inc.1978 U.S. Army Corps deepensharbor to 38 FeetThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deepened the St.Johns River from 34 to 38 feet, a depth maintained formore than 20 years.‘72In 1966, dockworkers movedcoffee beans manually at theTalleyrand MarineTerminal.Workers assembled a 100-toncrane at the Blount Island MarineTerminal in 1974.Mobile homes wereloaded onto a ship at theTalleyrand MarineTerminalin 1979.JPA accepted the title to the formerMunicipal Docks andTerminals, nowknown as theTalleyrand MarineTerminal, in 1964.In 1978, JPA built a car processingcomplex at the Blount Island MarineTerminal for $2 million.
  • ‘84‘881984 Refrigerated cargo servicebegins at TalleyrandGroundbreaking ceremonies were held in earlyDecember for the $1.75 million, 40,000 square-footrefrigerated warehouse at Talleyrand Terminal.1988 JAXPORT achievesnew tonnage recordTonnage handled at JAXPORT facilities increased23 percent to a record 4.5 million tons. As a result,operating revenues climbed 14 percent to $16.5 million.Tonnage at JAXPORT facilitiesincreased to 4.5 million tons in 1988.Straddle carriers stacked containersto keep the terminal organized.For much of the port’s history, moving cargo from ship to rail on theport served as an advantage for Jacksonville’s transportation industry.In 1980, JAXPORT became the No. 1port in the U.S. in imported vehicles,according to Jacksonville SeafarerMagazine.By the 1980s, containerization haddrastically changed the way goods likecoffee were moved at theTalleyrandDocks andTerminals.
  • ‘981992 JPA facilities top5 million tonsJPA facilities handled 5,001,074 tonsin fiscal year 1992, the first time theport reached the five million ton mark.1999 JPA sets porttonnage recordJPA facilities set a port record by mov-ing 7,524,271 tons of cargo in fiscalyear 1999. This marked the ninthconsecutive year of tonnage growth atthe port.1998 Port authority acquires thirdmarine terminalJPA acquired the final property for its third marineterminal: Dames Point.‘92 ‘99The port handled morethan 5 million tons in 1992.In 1998,Trailer Bridge participated inthe United Nations’ InternationalYearof the Ocean celebration.Blount Island expanded its roll-on,roll-off capabilities in 1997.Dockworkers atJAX Cold Storagehandled refriger-ated cargo at theTalleyrand MarineTerminal.
  • ‘01‘02‘012001 Port security becomesparamountThe Florida Legislature passed the Florida SeaportSecurity Act (FS 311.12), which set minimum statewidesecurity standards for Florida seaports in an attemptto curb crimes such as theft and vandalism. The tragicevents of September 11 refocused security efforts toalso include protecting Florida ports against acts ofterrorism.2001 JPA divides into JAXPORT and JAADuring its 2001 regular session, the Florida Legislaturerepealed the JPA’s existing charter, and two new authoritieswere created: the Jacksonville Airport Authority took overcontrol and operations of all aviation facilities formerlycontrolled by the JPA, and the Jacksonville Seaport Author-ity (doing business as the Jacksonville Port Authority, orJAXPORT) was created to handle all matters related to themarine operations and facilities formerly controlled by theJPA. The seaport continued to call itself the “Jacksonville PortAuthority” or “JAXPORT.”2002 JAXPORT launchesStrategic PlanJAXPORT’s Board of Directorsand Senior Management Teamcompleted the first strategic busi-ness plan for the new JAXPORT,placing an emphasis on growingthe port’s business and economicimpact for the community.On Oct 1, 2001, JAXPORT Boardmembers commemorated thelaunch of the newly createdSeaport Authority.
  • ‘04‘032003 U.S. Army Corpsdeepens harbor to 40 FeetThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineersdeepened a section of the St. JohnsRiver – from the sea buoy to just pastDames Point – from 38 to 40 feet.2003 Cruise lines beginservice in JacksonvilleCelebrity Cruises and Carnival CruiseLines both announced plans to beginregular service from Jacksonville -the city’s first regular cruise service.JAXPORT built a temporary cruiseterminal in only six months. Celebritykicked off their Jacksonville servicewith an 11-night cruise to the Caribbe-an on October 27, 2003 aboard the1,375-passenger Zenith.2003 JAXPORT sells land toU.S. militaryThe U.S. Navy, on behalf of the Marine Corps, pur-chased from JAXPORT 137 acres of largely undevel-oped property on Blount Island. The sale accommo-dated the military’s continued use of the eastern halfof Blount Island for the loading of military equipment.2004 Port and cruise officials christenCarnival Miracle in JacksonvilleCarnival Cruise Lines inaugurated service from Jack-sonville on Feb. 27, 2004 with service aboard itsnewest vessel, the 2,124 passenger Carnival Miracle.The occasion marked the first time a brand-new cruiseship had been introduced at the nation’s newest cruisehomeport.‘03 ‘03THELARGESTTERMINAL OPERATOR ANDSTEVEDORE IN THE USAWe congratulate JAXPORTon 50 years of services tothe maritime industry.www.PortsAmerica.com
  • ‘09‘052005 JAXPORT plays an integralrole in Super Bowl XXXIXAs the Official Port of the Jacksonville SuperBowl XXXIX Host Committee, JAXPORT provideddocking and logistical coordination for four ofthe five cruise ships serving as floating hotelsduring Feb. 2 - 7, 2005. Collectively, thosevessels provided more than 3,500 rooms andnumerous restaurants, night clubs and otheramenities to NFL guests.2006 JAXPORT launches first portjobs website in nationJAXPORT launched a new “Port Jobs” website atwww.jaxportjobs.com to unite job seekers withcompanies in the maritime industry. The site lists jobopenings at dozens of maritime companies doingbusiness at Jacksonville’s bustling seaport. Providedfree of charge, the site allows residents to searchfor port jobs, post résumés and learn about Jackson-ville’s port and local maritime companies.2005 Jacksonville gets directcontainer service to AsiaJAXPORT signed a 30-year lease agreement withMitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., (MOL) a Tokyo-basedlogistics and ocean transportation company. Theagreement called for the construction of a con-tainer-handling facility, including two 1,200-footberths, six New Panamax container cranes, andother infrastructure necessary to accommodate thenew Jacksonville-Asia container connection.2009 TraPac Container Terminalopens at Dames PointFollowing two years of site permitting, designand clearing, and two years of construction,the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Pointopened for business on Jan. 12, 2009. Thenew terminal is the first New Panamax JAX-PORT facility exclusively dedicated to handlingcontainers going to and coming from portsthroughout Asia.‘05 ‘06The agreement with MOL andTraPac to construct a containerterminal at Dames Point openednew trade lanes to Jacksonville.Three Holland America Line vesselsserved as floating hotels at theTalleyrand terminal during SuperBowl XXXIX in 2005.The first ship docked at the newTraPac ContainerTerminal inJanuary 2009.In 2006, JAXPORT launchedjaxportjobs.com, the first port jobswebsite in the nation.
  • ‘112010 Last phase of 40-footdeepening completedThe third phase of the St. Johns River 40-footharbor deepening project is completed. Con-tractors for the U.S. Army Corps of EngineersJacksonville District deepened 5.3 miles of theriver from an area northwest of the Dames PointTerminal to the section of the river adjacent toJAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal.2011 JAXPORT receives1 millionth cruise passengerAn Arkansas eighth grader becomes theone millionth passenger to arrive for a cruisethrough JAXPORT’s cruise terminal.2012 Yang Ming Milestone makeshistory at JAXPORTJAXPORT’s TraPac Container Terminal at DamesPoint welcomes the largest vessel to ever call onJacksonville’s seaport. The Yang Ming Milestone,which can carry 6,600 containers, arrived on Jan.31 from Southeast Asia. The Milestone is more than1,000 feet in length and at a breadth of 131 feetis too large to fit through the currently operatingPanama Canal locks.‘10 ‘12Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers deepened the river from DamesPoint toTalleyrand in 2010, ensuring a40-foot-depth to all JAXPORT terminals.Two new ZPMCcontainer cranes weredelivered to BlountIsland in the fall of 2011.Port projects like the intermodal containertransfer facility, or ICTF, at Dames Point willcontinue to contribute to the region’s economyfor years to come.TheYang Ming Milestone became the largestvessel to ever call on Jacksonville’s seaportwhen it docked at theTraPac ContainerTerminal in 2012.
  • Blount Island Marine TerminalDames Point Marine TerminalTalleyrand Marine Terminal‘64‘91‘65‘72‘97‘72‘78‘03‘82Leaders of the PortThe following individualshave led the port as Execu-tive Director/CEO:Dave Rawls1963-1970Robert C. Peace1970-1973James Scott, Jr.1973-1978John MacKroth1978-1984Paul D. deMariano1984-1990C. Clifford Mendoza1990-1995Ken Krauter1996-2001Rick Ferrin2001-2010Paul Anderson2011-2012
  • Thank you for being a part of our past, present, and especially our future. With your help, we’re notonly fabulous at 50, we are charting the course to bring another half century of economic prosperityto North Florida and beyond.‘88‘07‘98‘96‘08‘03‘09‘11‘10