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An aerial view of the container terminal at the Port of Mobile. The facility is operated by APM Terminals.Alabama State Port Authority

AL - As some ports choked, business boomed in Mobile in 2021

The volume of traffic through the Port of Mobile’s container terminal hit a new record in 2021, the Alabama State Port Authority announced on Monday.

2020 saw very slight growth over 2019 figures, despite the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset. But container volume jumped nearly 19% in 2021, topping 500,000 TEUs for the first time in the port’s history. Shipping containers come in various sizes; the Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU), representing the capacity of a basic container, is the standard measuring unit in the intermodal shipping industry.

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The terminal’s best year yet came as many of the nation’s biggest ports on the east and west coasts experienced congestion and delays. The Port Authority said operations in Mobile had involved “minimal to no congestion, no vessel delays at anchor, and posted vessel-to-rail turn times within 24 hours” despite the roiled state of the industry.

“Mobile continues to perform, attracting new customers seeking out terminal efficiency, services and inland connectivity to key US markets,” said John C. Driscoll, director and chief executive officer of the Port Authority.

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