Total tonnage up 10 percent; 10th consecutive year of record revenues

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) moved a record number of containers in fiscal year 2010—the second consecutive year of container growth for the seaport—and marked a decade of consistent growth in earnings.

Highlights of fiscal year 2010 (ending September 30) include the following:

  • JAXPORT facilities moved a record 826,580 containers or twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Container volume through the port has grown 19 percent during the last two years and JAXPORT was one of a handful of U.S. ports to see container increases in 2009.
  • The number of vessels calling on JAXPORT in FY 2010 rose to a record 1,947.
  • JAXPORT handled nearly 519,000 vehicles, a 24 percent increase from last year. JAXPORT remains the number two vehicle-handling port in the nation.
  • Total tonnage for the port was up 10 percent this year, with 8.1 tons moved. Breakbulk cargoes (paper, steel) jumped 28 percent over last year to 990,000 tons.
  • Bulk cargoes (limestone and other aggregates) remain impacted by the economic downturn with 1.5 million tons moved through JAXPORT, an 11 percent decrease.
  • Unaudited financial statements show JAXPORT’s 10th consecutive year of operating revenue growth. Revenues reached a record $51.2 million, a 6 percent increase over the record $48.4 million achieved in FY 2009.

“The momentum is building and we look for more positive news in the new fiscal year,” said JAXPORT’s interim executive director Chris Kauffmann. “We are especially gratified to see the continued progress of our longtime partners even as we welcome new business. These successes emphasize our expanding reputation as an up-and-coming choice of global shippers.”

Also in FY 2010, a total of 173,568 cruise passengers embarked on 72 voyages departing the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, down slightly from 2009 due to a 30-day renovation of the Carnival Fascination. The Fascination sails year-round from JAXPORT.