Hoegh Autoliners increased its commitment to JAXPORT with the naming of a vessel after the city. Representatives gathered with JAXPORT to celebrate Aug. 22 at the Blount Island Marine Terminal in Jacksonville.
Hoegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of vehicle transportation services, with its main customers being GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Ford and Caterpillar, according to Hoegh Autoliners’ website.
The carrier imports and exports approximately 800,000 units out of the United States every year; out of those 800,000 units, 350,000 units are out of JAXPORT, Per Folkesson, president of Region Americas, explained at the celebration.
Representatives gathered with JAXPORT to celebrate.
The Hoegh Jacksonville
has a capacity of 6,500 CEU and a ramp capacity of 150 tons, Folkesson said. Hoegh Autoliners Head of Trade Management Stephen Hubert said the Hoegh Jacksonville
will sail on the North America to Middle East service.
It is the first of two sister vessels built by Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy
Industries for the fleet renewal program, an operation aiming to replace
older vessels. Unlike the New Horizon 8,500-CEU vessels being built for the fleet renewal program, which the Hoegh Autoliners’ website stated will be the world’s largest PCTCs, the Hoegh Jacksonville
’s vessel capacity falls in line with many of the older vessels already sailing on the North America to Middle East service.
This service connects the Middle East, India and Pakistan to Mexico and the East Coast. The load ports are Veracruz, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Wilmington, New York and Galveston. The discharge ports are Beirut, Aqaba, Jeddah, Sohar Port, Jebel Ali, Shuwaikh, Mina Salman, Doha, Mumbai, Singapore, Kobe/Kawasaki and Masan.
Many of the port and government officials saw the naming of the vessel as a testimony to JAXPORT’s ability to compete.
Mayor Alvin Brown said: “It is all about the port, the city and jobs.” He said it is his desire and the desire of JAXPORT officials to make sure Jacksonville can compete for business now and into the future. To do so, the mayor said $1 million dollars was allocated for capital development and the deepening of the port.
Last year, Hoegh Autoliners moved its Region Americas headquarters from New York to Jacksonville. Moving itself closer to its Mexico hub placed its two automotive powerhouses side by side, Folkesson said. Its actions shows Hoegh Autoliners has significant confidence in Jacksonville.
Hoegh's Hubert simply put it, “As trade grows, we expect business in Jacksonville to grow.”