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Next-generation car carrier calls JAXPORT

[ October 12, 2018   //   ]

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) welcomed the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) next-generation car carrier Orca Ace during the vessel’s maiden call to Jacksonville the week of October 4.

 Orca Ace is one of MOL’s new FLEXIE series vessels, featuring a larger number of flexible interior decks than traditional car carriers. These decks can be raised or lowered to accommodate Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo in a variety of sizes. The vessel also features a gradual, sloped ramp that the company says helps to reduce the number of turns that drivers make during loading and discharge, increasing efficiency.

 To commemorate the occasion, JAXPORT COO Fred Wong presented Orca Ace Captain Yury Golovatyuk with a plaque during a ceremony on board the ship.

 The 6,800-car-capacity Orca Ace passed through the Panama Canal before delivering Mazda passenger vehicles to JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.

JAXPORT is home to three auto processors: AMPORTS, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Southeast Toyota Distributors. A multi-year project to expand JAXPORT’s vehicle-handling capacity by 25 percent is currently underway.

A record 693,000 vehicles moved through JAXPORT last year, making Jacksonville the nation’s second busiest vehicle-handling port.