Mobile Container Terminal at Choctaw Point
State-of-the-Art Gulf Coast Gateway
Inducted in 2012
A $300 million project, the Mobile Container Terminal (MCT) at Choctaw Point, is a state-of-the art U.S. Gulf coast gateway providing terminal customers with a cost-effective alternative shipping route to Midwest markets, as well as Alabama and neighboring states. The 135-acre marine terminal has immediate access to Interstates 10 and 65, and is 30 miles from the open ocean. The marine terminal will be supported by a 70-acre logistics park and an 80-acre Garrows Bend Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF). The ICTF will be accessible to the Alabama State Port Authority’s Terminal Railway and five Class 1 railroads.
The construction of the Choctaw Point complex was expected to affect approximately 24 acres of wetland, 21 acres of shallow-water bottoms and 27 acres of deep-water bottom. In turn, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers required mitigation actions be undertaken to counterbalance the land development and loss of wildlife habitat. A 57-acre mitigation plan was developed and resulted in the redevelopment of 370 acres with numerous contaminated sites including several liquid bulk petroleum terminals, a former creosote wood treating plant, and a former rail yard; utilization of 500,000 cubic yards of dredged material as fill material for the construction site; conversion of 56.6 acres of uplands to high quality tidal marsh and the development of a public park with waterfront access to Mobile Bay, including a canoe and kayak launch.
Established in 2008, the complex provided 310 permanent jobs and $812,000 in tax revenues during the first year of operation. Permanent jobs are expected to rise to 470 by 2015 and 1,380 by 2030. Annual tax revenues are projected at $935,000 by 2015 and $2.58 million by 2030.
In 2009, MCT handled 86,000 20-foot equivalent units of cargo. In 2010, it handled 130,000 TEUs, and traffic increased by 40 percent in 2011. The terminal’s Phase I has the capacity to handle 350,000 TEUs per year. Once demand is close to eclipsing the capacity, a second construction phase could push capacity to 800,000 TEUs. Phase I equipment investments include two ZPMC container cranes, five Linde reach stackers, two empty handlers, forklifts and support equipment. A 45-feet deep channel and 2,000 feet of deep-water berth ensures the terminal is able to handle most vessels.
Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world’s second-largest containerized shipping company, began calling on Mobile this year. The MSC line is the first container ship to directly connect Mobile to Altamera and Veracruz in Mexico. The MSC vessel is the fifth ocean carrier to offer fixed weekly service into Mobile. Other fixed week calls include two from global leader Maersk, one from CMA CGM call and two from Zim Integrated Shipping Services.
The Choctaw Point complex is the centerpiece of the Alabama State Port Authority’s long-term, multi-year Strategic Development Plan for the Port of Mobile. MCT is a joint venture between Alabama State Port authority and APM Terminals, a division of A.P. Moller-Maersk.