JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2013) – Longshoremen at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal are busy unloading 11,000 tons of aluminum ingots, the largest shipment of its kind at the port in more than five years. The aluminum is being moved by JAXPORT tenant Seaonus, which offers full spectrum logistics services to or from anywhere in the world.
The aluminum was shipped break-bulk, or on pallets, a cost-saving for larger shipments such as this one. JAXPORT’s reputation in the break-bulk business helped to secure this shipment.
“At more than twice the tonnage we have seen in the past, this shipment signals a recovery, a rebound for the economy and our business,” said Rick Sharp, Vice President of Business Development and Customer Relations at Seaonus. “It also highlights JAXPORT’s competitiveness as a port for break-bulk and Seaonus’ commitment to the efficient, reliable movement of cargo.”
“This shipment speaks volumes about the combined strengths of JAXPORT and Seaonus,” said JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor. “We are focused on building all of our cargo sectors, including break-bulk, as a diverse book of business is good for the port, it’s good for our customers and it’s beneficial to our citizens.”
The aluminum, which arrived today from South America, is headed to plants near St. Augustine and along Florida’s Gulf Coast where the ingots will be smelted and used in manufacturing products such as cans, signs and automobile parts.
What else weighs 11,000 tons?
- 1,800 male African elephants
- 275 18-wheeler trucks
- 70 Statues of Liberty (minus the concrete foundation!)