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GLOBAL LOGISTICS PROFILE For more information, visit or The Port of Mobile's full-service, public terminals are a primary U.S. gateway for containerized, breakbulk, dry and liquid bulk, and over-dimensional cargoes transiting most Asian, European, Mediterranean and Latin American trade lanes. Located in the northern U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Alabama State Port Authority's facilities connect waterborne shippers to two interstates (I-10 and I-65), five Class I railroads, one Class II railroad and the C.G. Railway's four–day, all-water, rail service to Mexico. The port authority's facilities and transportation infrastructure investments in recent years have topped $800 million portwide. The authority continues to develop intermodal container infrastructure. APM Terminals' $47 million expansion will add 20 acres of capacity and two super-post-Panamax cranes by early 2017 to serve expanding carriage, particularly in the Asian trade lanes. CN Rail began container intermodal rail service at the authority's recently completed 70-acre, Phase I Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. This new container intermodal ramp provides both domestic and international shippers of containerized cargoes a cost-competitive transportation solution to customers in North America. The Alabama State Port Authority steel terminal investments have garnered the port the No. 2 spot in total steel volumes handled. With more than $164 million invested, steel shippers can take advantage of efficient, cost-competitive shipping options for a variety of steel products. Two recently completed projects include a new, state-of-the-art steel coil handling facility, Alabama Steel Terminals, LLC. This terminal leverages a 40-foot ship berth, rail and truck lanes serviced by four 50-ton capacity overhead bridge cranes, and an 80-ton Gottwald mobile harbor crane to serve an annual throughput capacity of 650,000 tons. Alabama Steel Terminal's integrated GPS technology and web-based inventory reporting provides real-time terminal-handling information to each steel customer using the facility. The new $18 million rail serving the Pier C North terminal provides 244,000 square feet, 1,000 PSF open yard and a 1,500 PSF, 40-foot draft berth. New investments under development include an automobile roll-on, roll-off terminal and an intermodal logistics park to service expanding markets and regional growth in the retail and manufacturing sectors. The Alabama State Port Authority's portfolio of transportation assets, coupled with a strong labor market and community-state-federal support, make the Port of Mobile one of the nation's fastest growing ports.

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