By: AJOT | May 13 2016 at 09:12 AM

JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor and Ceres Terminals CEO Patrick Burgoyne today signed the Operator Agreement for JAXPORT’s new on-dock rail facility, the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Dames Point. Ceres will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the terminal. Commercial container operations are scheduled to begin in August.
JAXPORT’s ICTF at Dames Point serves JAXPORT’s Northside terminals: The TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point and the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The direct transfer of containers between vessels and trains speeds up the shipment process and reduces the number of trucks on the road.

Rail that connects to CSX’s main line allows for two unit trains each day (one inbound and one outbound) carrying up to 200 containers each. Two truck lanes allow vehicles to transport containers to and from the adjacent shipping terminals.

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation awarded JAXPORT a $10 million grant toward the development of the facility, and the State of Florida Dept. of Transportation allocated $20 million to fund construction of the project, which was delivered on time and under budget.