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Port of Mobile container volume continues upward trend

[ February 25, 2022   //   ]

The Alabama Port Authority released its January 2022 container volumes posting the 3rd highest lift rate in the container terminal’s history with 47,768 TEUs – a 17.5% increase year over year when compared to January 2021.  Refrigerated containers also posted a 21.5% jump compared to January 2021.  The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) volumes grew 167.9% handling 2,579 TEUs.  “The Port continues its strong growth due to the terminals’ offering of capacity, service and supply chain reliability,” said Beth Branch, COO.

The Port of Mobile’s capacity and fluidity is attracting permanent shifts in shipper supply chains under the pressure of national supply chain disruptions and announced investments in regional manufacturing, processing, and retail/distribution business lines.  The operations and added carriage capacity in the port’s Far East trade lanes is also attracting national railroad intermodal investments. 

At Montgomery, the Port Authority and CSX Transportation Intermodal announced $52 million intermodal container transfer facility that reestablishes regularly scheduled CSXT Intermodal rail service at the Port of Mobile and provides a foundation to expand intermodal services further inland. 

Last month, the State of Alabama announced the creation of the Alabama-USA Corridor, which is a $231.6 million program with Norfolk Southern to upgrade economic development infrastructure in central and southern Alabama. 

The A-USA Corridor initiative entails a 280-mile rail corridor that will serve in-state mega sites in Etowah, Shelby and Washington/Mobile counties, warehousing, and intermodal rail service connections between Norfolk Southern’s McCalla Intermodal Facility near Birmingham, Ala., and the Port Authority’s container intermodal terminal assets at Mobile, Ala.