The Port of Mobile
As the 12th largest port in the U. S., companies have immediate access to two interstate systems, five class 1 railroads and 15,000 miles of inland/intercoastal waterway connections at the Port of Mobile. Dedicated in 1928, the full-service Port features two harbors and has over 5 million square feet of warehousing and open yards.
- The upper harbor’s channel is 40 feet in draft and services Panamax ships carrying bulk, general cargo, roll-off/roll-on, heavy lift, and overseas cargo.
- The lower harbor, with a draft size of 45 feet typically services Post-Panamax ships carrying containers, steel and coal. There are 41 berths.
The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operates public terminals at the Port of Mobile. These terminals handle containerized, breakbulk, coal, grain, roll-on/roll-off, cement and oversized/heavy lift cargoes. The Port of Mobile is also represented by private bulk terminal operators as well as a number of highly specialized shipbuilding and repair companies, with two of the largest floating dry docks on the Gulf Coast.
Over the past decade, the Alabama State Port Authority has invested more than $700 million toward a capital expansion program establishing new facilities at the Port of Mobile, including a new container terminal, a new steel terminal, expansion at McDuffie coal terminal, a new rail ferry terminal, new warehouses, a new turning basin and two new “super Post-Panamax” cranes.
Port Expansion: The Alabama State Port Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently signed a Mobile Harbor Pre-Construction, Engineering and Design Agreement. The engineering and design phase establishes construction parameters that will deepen the existing Bar, Bay and River Channels Bar, by 5 feet each to a depth of 50 feet (15.24m), with additional depths for wave allowances, advanced maintenance, and allowable over depth for dredging (total depths of 56, 54, and 54 feet, respectively). The project also includes widening the Bay Channel by 100 feet (328.08m) for three nautical miles to accommodate two-way vessel traffic and other safety improvements.
New Automobile Logistics Terminal: The Alabama State Port Authority and AutoMOBILE International Terminal (AIT) recently signed a concession agreement at the Port of Mobile, USA, for a $60 million (USD), finished automobile roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) terminal currently under construction. AutoMOBILE International Terminal will operate the facility when completed in early 2021. The new 57-acre terminal is located on the Port Authority’s main port multimodal complex, and when completed, will have an annual throughput of 150,000 units.
Accolades: The Alabama State Port Authority and APM Terminals were recently recognized by the Journal of Commerce for productivity achievements during its annual Port Performance North America conference held December 11 in Newark, New Jersey. The Alabama State Port Authority received Most Improved Port Performance Overall in North America for the 2017-2018 cycle. APM Terminals Mobile came in second overall for Most Improved Terminal in North America. Read more here!