The Port of Mobile stands as the global deep water gateway for the state – with direct access to some 1,500 miles of inland and intra-coastal waterways serving the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and the Gulf of Mexico. Globally competitive, the Port handles a variety of cargos, including containers, forest products, metals, and bulk cargo. The Mobile ship channel has a maximum depth of 45 feet, able to handle most of the world’s ships and is only a few hours from deep ocean waters.
The Mobile Container Terminal is a massive dock facility located due south of downtown. A new expansion at the terminals will increase capacity and provide access to an intermodal facility under construction. This facility has greatly boosted Mobile’s worldwide trading potential. The Theodore Industrial Park and Alabama’s Middle Bay Port are serviced by the Theodore Industrial Canal, 22 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and have a maximum depth of 40 feet.
The Bayou La Batre Canal in south Mobile County has a 16 ft. deep and 100 ft. wide channel. This canal is home to offshore supply and service boat builders, seafood processors, and commercial fishing.
Mobile is served by an extensive rail system. Burlington Northern/Santa Fe, Norfolk-Southern, Canadian National, Kansas City Southern and CSX Transportation move in and out of the area with ease. In addition, the Port of Alabama Terminal Railway provides linkage between all railroads and the Port of Alabama. CSX also serves the Theodore Industrial Park and Middle Bay Port.
Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company’s heavy lift barge crane offers the unique capability of discharging cargo up to 400 short tons from mid-ship to barge, shore, rail, truck, or specialized carrier. Core Industries’ has on its Theodore dock a Manitowoc 18000 with Maxer allowing the crane to lift weights in excess of 800 tons.
The Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, located near downtown, provide the capability to serve private planes, helicopters, and cargo service. Brookley has been transformed into a leading 1,700 acre industrial and trade complex. Built around a fully operational airfield with a 9,600 foot runway, the complex offers transportation infrastructure second to none. The Mobile Regional Airport, the area’s commercial airport, is served by American, Delta, United and US Airways with connecting flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston.
As a major manufacturing center and port city, Mobile offers competitive trucking for shippers. Mobile is connected to the east and west coasts by Interstate 10 and to the Midwest by Interstate 65 – offering enhanced access to the Port of Mobile and the Mobile Container Terminal. Major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando are all within a day’s drive.