Carrix, the parent company of SSA Marine (formerly known as Stevedoring Services of America) said Sunday that funds affiliated with Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (BIP) will make what it called “a growth-oriented investment” in the company. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of April, were not made public.
Just last week JAXPORT signed a deal to lease the Jacksonville International Gateway Terminal at Blount Island to SSA Marine for 25 years and in February the staff of the Northwest Seaport Alliance recommended an investment of $340 million in Terminal 5 in Seattle as well as a new, 32-year lease for the terminal with SSA Marine and the Terminal International Limited subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company.
The founding Smith/Hemingway family will continue to be the majority owners of Seattle-based Carrix. BIP joins Mexican businessman Fernando Chico as an investor in Carrix. Chico became a part owner of Carrix in 2014 shortly after Goldman Sachs sold its interest in Carrix back to the Smith/Hemingway family.
Carrix says SSA Marine and its related affiliates have combined operations at more than 250 port and rail locations worldwide, including 16 container terminals in Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma in the United States, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Vietnam.
In recent years, SSA Marine has expanded in the Port of Oakland in California. It also is an investor in a new terminal being developed in Anaklia, Georgia, on the Black Sea and an investor in the Melford Atlantic Gateway, a proposed 315-acre marine container terminal to be constructed at the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia.