Jaxport Stands To Gain From Carrier

Wednesday, November 19 2008 @ 07:25 pm EST

Contributed by: Don Winner

By Jeff Hess for WOKV.com - Jacksonville's shipping industry all stands to gain from the new nuclear carrier. Jaxport director Rick Ferrin said the Navy will dredge parts of the river that they had planned to deepen. He said the navy will do about 1.5 miles of 15 miles of dredging that they had planned to do to accommodate larger ships following the expansion of the Panama Canal. "About 10%, so I would say the saves for us could be somewhere between 50 and 70 million dollars," Ferrin said. He says the ship also brings a skilled work force for them to draw from. He says a lot of their work force is people who have moved on from the Navy. "They come with a lot of skills and great work ethic, so it's a great source of people or us," Ferrin added. He says the carrier could also increase travel on the Mayport Ferry which is currently running at a deficit.

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