Port of Mobile enjoys near-historic lift rates for January

Drone shot of the Port of Mobile, Alabama at sunset.

The Alabama State Port Authority has released its container volume figures for January 2022, reporting its third-highest lift rate in the container terminal’s history.

A total of 47,768 TEU passed through the terminal during the month, a 17.5 per cent increase year-over-year.

Refrigerated containers also jumped 21.5 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.

Furthermore, volumes at the port’s Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) grew 167.9 per cent, handling 2,579 TEU.

“The port continues its strong growth due to the terminals’ offering of capacity, service and supply chain reliability,” said Beth Branch, Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Mobile.

According to the port, its capacity and fluidity are attracting permanent shifts in shipper supply chains under the pressure of national supply chain disruptions.

The operations and added carriage capacity in the port’s Far East trade lanes are also attracting national railroad intermodal investments.

Earlier this year, the Port of Mobile announced it will be connecting to an intermodal facility inland following the news of a $71 million rail initiative from the Alabama state governor.

Governor Kay Ivey announced the creation of the A-USA Corridor, a proposed $231.6 million program of rail projects to upgrade economic development infrastructure in central and southern Alabama.

The first phase of the A-USA Corridor initiative involves a $71.6 million initiative to link the Port of Mobile with the McCalla Intermodal Facility near Birmingham.

The Mobile Ship Channel is also undertaking work to become deeper and wider as part of the $365.7 million Mobile Harbor project with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

This is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

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