UK-based Ellerman City Liners is now offering direct container service at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) to and from three destinations in Europe.
Ellerman will begin calling the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal with the arrival of the container ship SC Mara scheduled in late December.
According to JAXPORT, the bi-weekly service offers premium transit times of 13 to 17 days from North Europe to Jacksonville.
The port rotation will be Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Tilbury (England), New York (US), Wilmington (US), Jacksonville (US).
Based in Upminster, England, located just east of London, Ellerman was originally founded in the 19th century by John Reeves Ellerman, becoming one of the biggest and most recognizable shipping lines of the British Merchant Navy. By the early 21st century, following a series of ownership changes, the company name changed, too, until Ellerman City Liners was relaunched in 2021.
"Jacksonville has a strong relationship with the city of London, and we are proud to build on that partnership by offering a new direct trans-Atlantic container service from a UK-based ocean carrier," commented JAXPORT director of Ocean Carrier Development Joyssy Woody.
He added, "Jacksonville’s location, the capabilities of our port partners, and lack of congestion continue to attract the interest of ocean carriers like Ellerman looking to take advantage of JAXPORT’s efficiencies."
The service will move a variety of consumer goods through JAXPORT, such as auto parts, clothing, and wine and spirits, while providing export capabilities for made-in-US goods, including forest products.