Jacksonville Harbor, located along the St. Johns River, is an increasingly attractive port to call. Jacksonville stands out because of its location relative to the Panama Canal, as well as its access to extensive intermodal connections including rail, water, and highway facilities. In addition, more than 50 million consumers are within an eight-hour truck drive of Jacksonville Harbor marine terminals.
The Jacksonville District is conducting a study to increase the depth of the existing federal channel along the St. Johns River from its current depth of 40-feet to a maximum depth of 50-feet. Deepening the existing channel would allow for larger vessels to access the channel; therefore reducing transportation costs, providing increased navigational safety, while avoiding or minimizing impacts to environmental resources.
We are also studying the flow of the St. Johns River at Jacksonville Harbor, Mile Point, an area that experiences difficult crosscurrents on ebb tide, creating navigational challenges for vessel traffic.