The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will be a port of call in UK-based Ellerman City Liners’ direct container service linking Europe with the US.
Ellerman will begin calling the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal with the arrival of the containership SC Mara in late December.
The bi-weekly service offers transit times of 13 to 17 days from North Europe to Jacksonville.
SSA Atlantic will provide stevedoring services at Blount Island.
“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.”
The service will move a variety of consumer goods through JAXPORT while providing export capabilities for made-in-US goods.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded a $23.5 million Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grant to JAXPORT’s Exemplifying Potential to Reduce Emissions with Sustainable Solutions (EXPRESS) project.
The JAXPORT EXPRESS project is a $47 million public-private partnership by JAXPORT and two of its port tenants, SSA Jacksonville and Crowley.