The Port of Mobile, located in Alabama, has reported that they have processed 327,003 TEU in August 2021, a 34% increase compared to the same period in 2020.
Crediting a 37% increase in refrigerated containers, after investing $74 million in refrigerated facilities at the port, for part of the success, the port has been growing all throughout 2021 and is expected to exceed 500,000 TEU by the end of the year.
The year-to-date has already seen a 27% increase over the same period in the previous year.
The port has also recently invested heavily in vessel calls with the aim of supporting Asia trade as well as retail consumption and congestion through traditional west coast gateways.
“Mobile has steadily invested in its container terminals to provide growth-oriented capacity, streamline operations and enhance services,” reveals Chief Commercial Officer for the Alabama State Port Authority, Beth Branch.
“The port expects growth will remain constant primarily due to shipper confidence in Mobile’s ability to service these markets.”
Managing Director of APM Terminals Mobile, Brian Harold, added “Volume through Mobile is growing at an accelerated pace as customers take advantage of consistent service and ample capacity”.
In May 2021, it was also reported that The Alabama State Port Authority began deepening and widening of the Mobile Ship Channel, as part of their $365.7 million Mobile Harbor project, which was worked on with the US Army Corps. Work on this is expected to finish 2025.