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Another record-breaking month for Port of Mobile

[ October 17, 2022   //   ]

The Alabama Port Authority broke another record, handling 56,545 TEU last month. This tops July’s record of 52,911 TEUs, making September the largest throughput month since APM Terminals’ container operations began in 2008.
With 421,232 TEUs, moved year-to-date, 2022 volumes are now 14% higher than 2021 volumes. In addition to record-breaking container numbers, intermodal rail moves in September were up 141% over 2021, and refrigerated cargo was up 16% over the same period.
“In addition to serving all 67 counties in the state, we are strategically positioned to offer service directly into the middle of the country, providing an uncongested and fluid gateway into key North American markets in less time and at less expense than other coastal ports,” said Port Authority Director and CEO John C. Driscoll.
As the deepening and widening of the federal channel to a 50-foot depth continues to progress on time and on budget, there is still plenty of room for growth at the Port of Mobile. Once complete, the project will allow larger vessels to make Mobile their port of call, increasing efficiency and further positioning the port for growth.
“We have such an incredible asset in the Port of Mobile, and they continue to deliver for Alabama,” said Chamber President & CEO Bradley Byrne. “If the Port is already posting these kinds of numbers, just think about where they will be once the harbor deepening and widening project is complete.”
The Port Authority’s partner and terminal operator, APM Terminals, will expand its capabilities to one million TEUs upon completion of the Phase IV expansion. In addition to the terminal expansion and the harbor deepening and widening project, the Alabama Port Authority will open a new inland intermodal facility served by CSX in Montgomery, Ala. These projects are set to come online in 2025 and will provide new advantages and opportunities for shippers.