The Port of Mobile has been one of the Southeast’s largest drivers of economic activity for more than 85 years, and the Alabama State Port Authority says it has every reason to believe it will continue to do so for a long time to come. The port has experienced significant growth over the past several years, and it continues to add new facilities such as intermodal capabilities that will come on line in 2015. 

The port’s investments in new facilities and new capabilities aren’t a recent phenomenon, either. The last decade has seen the Alabama State Port Authority make more than $700 million in capital improvements to its public and federal channels. “Our capital programs have transformed this seaport’s ability to handle post-Panamax-sized ships, diversify its cargo base, attract industrial investment statewide and generate jobs,” Director and CEO James K. Lyons said in a statement. “With continued investment in intermodal and transportation infrastructure, I can see these figures only getting bigger.” 

All of the truckers and SS lines South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) works with are focused on shortening the time it takes to get in and out of a port, so it makes sense that SFCT’s major investments would focus on that as well. 

“Our customers – which are the SS lines and the truckers – expect quick turnaround of their vessels and their drivers to meet their commitments,” explains Director Mark Baker. “With the distribution centers opening up around the ports and the just-in-time supply concepts, it is important to maintain quick turn times for the customer. It’s a requirement in today’s high performance supply chains.”

The Port of Victoria is a shallow-

draft port in Victoria, Texas. It opened in 1968 with the creation of a 35-mile barge canal linking Victoria to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which runs 1,050 miles from Texas to Florida. In 2002, the port completed a deepening of the canal to 12 feet, the same depth as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, to better facilitate traffic between the two. The port serves Victoria and the nearby regional area. It is connected by rail via Union Pacific, with trackage rights to both BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern; by road via U.S. Highway 59, U.S. Highway 77 and U.S. Highway 87; and by air to Victoria Regional Airport. 

Progressive Transportation Service (PTS) operates in a tough business. The company, based in Long Beach, Calif., ships freight in the westACern United States. It offers over-the-road, intermodal and drayage, heavy haul, flatbed and other specialized carrier services.

One of the many challenges it faces is a driver shortage that is affecting the entire industry nationwide. 

Although the Port of Pensacola has had many advantages since its first use in the mid-1700s, since 2009, the oil and gas industry has been providing a boost to the port’s traffic. “Our primary customers are the service vessels that are involved in the offshore oil and gas construction side of the business, laying pipe and providing dive support for pipe-laying projects – all the support vessels for new oil and gas rig construction,” Port Director Amy Miller says.

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