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Federal Maritime Commissioners visit Port of Mobile

[ November 24, 2022   //   ]

The Alabama Port Authority hosted Federal Maritime Commissioners Louis E. Sola and Carl W. Bentzel for a discussion on the rapid expansion of intermodal rail through the Port of Mobile, which continues the service’s triple-digit growth of 143% over the same period last year.
“The port is thrilled to welcome Commissioners Sola and Bentzel in addition to leaders from across the state and industry sectors we serve,” said Port Authority Director and CEO, John C. Driscoll. “We are grateful for the enthusiasm for investments in intermodal connectivity at both the federal and state level as we all work together to strengthen and ensure the resiliency of America’s supply chain.”
“The growth of intermodal cargo has never been more evident than during the pandemic. It is important that ports, such as Mobile, capture this growth and work with regional partners and stakeholders to sustain this growth. How operational information is communicated within the supply chain and how infrastructure investments are made will drive regional commerce and opportunities. It’s personally gratifying for me, as a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and one whose family originated from Mobile, to see such an impressive expansion plan – I truly believe this helps position the State of Alabama to be a leader in intermodal shipping,” said Carl W Bentzel, FMC Commissioner.
The Montgomery Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) project is funded by the State of Alabama’s Growing Alabama Tax Credit and federal grants. The facility is set to come online in 2025. With the Port’s plans for additional intermodal investments throughout the state, the timely conversation with the FMC Commissioners will also include industry stakeholders.