JAXPORT, the port of Jacksonville in Florida, announced that it will soon offer direct service to New Zealand and Australia for roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) cargo through Höegh Autoliners’ new US to Oceania direct express Ro-Ro service.
Namely, JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal will serve as the last East Coast port of call in the rotation.
The monthly service will begin in March with the first vessel, a 6,500-CEU (car capacity) called ‘Höegh Jeddah’, sailing out of Jacksonville. The vessel’s trip will include the cities of Auckland in New Zealand, Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne and Fremantle in Australia.
Horizon Terminal Services, Höegh Autoliners’ fully owned terminal owning and operating company headquartered in Jacksonville, will provide fumigation and wash down services at Blount Island.
Jacksonville is one of US’s busiest ports for total vehicle handling, reporting a record-setting 693,000 total units in 2017. A new automobile processing terminal is being builded on JAXPORT’s Dames Point Marine Terminal, which is the first phase of a multi-year project, aiming to increase the port’s vehicle-handling capacity by 25%.