On September 30, JAXPORT welcomed Höegh Target, the largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) ship in the world to the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The 8,500 CEU (car capacity) post-Panamax ship, the Höegh Target, arrived at JAXPORT through the newly expanded Panama Canal locks. PCTCs are designed to accommodate all types of vehicles, from completed passenger cars to construction machinery.
To mark the occasion, JAXPORT Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Roy Schleicher presented Captain She Wei Jun with a plaque on the bridge of the ship.
Höegh Target is the first in a series of six larger, post-Panamax PCTCs Höegh is currently adding to its fleet. The vessel’s extra width requires the larger Panama Canal locks for safe passage. The extra width increases the ship’s capacity by 700 cars.
Jacksonville is one of the nation’s busiest ports for total vehicle handling. Last year, JAXPORT moved nearly 657,000 vehicles, the largest volume since JAXPORT set an auto volume record in 2007.