Release Date: 22 March 2007
Release ID: 1228
JAXPORT has signed an agreement with W.G. Yates and Sons Construction to begin work on the new Trans Pacific Container Service Corporation (TraPac) Terminal at Dames Point. This is the first phase of development of JAXPORT’s newest marine terminal, set to start operations in late 2008.
Yates Construction is now responsible for three major areas of initial work: dredging the berthing area to 40 feet; building 2,400 linear feet of berth space; and paving, lighting and fencing the 130-acre cargo storage area. Construction is expected to begin within 30 days.
Yates Construction, based in Philadelphia, Mississippi, has been in business for more than 40 years and has 21 offices across the Southeastern United States. In 2006, Engineering News-Record listed Yates as the 25th largest construction firm in the nation.
TraPac, owned by the Japanese steamship company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), expects to handle 800,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU’s) of containerized cargo each year, doubling JAXPORT’s yearly container throughput.
“We are so pleased to have Yates join us in this effort, the largest capital project we have ever undertaken,” said JAXPORT Executive Director Rick Ferrin. “When TraPac’s terminal is up and running, JAXPORT will take a huge step forward in the port industry and will further our mission to bring high quality jobs and opportunity to our community.”
Bidding on the second phase of the TraPac Container Terminal construction will begin later this month. The second phase of the project will include construction of the buildings, entrance road and adjoining areas.
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