JaxPort attributed the increase in volumes of containerized cargo in large part to a significant boost in shipments to and from Puerto Rico, which is still in the midst of recovering from Hurricane Maria, which swept through the island last September, causing widespread devastation and leaving the island without electricity for months.
Volumes between JaxPort and Puerto Rico surged 35 percent year-over-year in February to 57,242 TEUs.
In addition, the North Florida port also saw a boost in cargo volumes from Asia, which have been steadily rising over the last five years.
JaxPort handled 34,550 TEUs of containerized cargo to and from Asia for the month, a 15 percent increase from February 2017.
The port authority in February began construction on the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project, which will deepen the Port of Jacksonville's main river channel from 40 feet to 47 feet in an effort to accommodate the larger containerships now being deployed in the transpacific trade between Asia and the United States.