Dames Point is part of the Port of Jacksonville in northeast Florida. Just one kilometer (.7 miles) from the Port of Jacksonville, Dames Point is 11 kilometers (7 miles) northeast of downtown Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Port Authority, known as JAXPORT, is an independent government agency that owns and operates most of the seaport system in Jacksonville. Revenues for port operations come from the lease and rental of port facilities.
Dames Point is home to JAXPORT's newest marine facility, the Dames Point Marine Terminal. Located about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the 585-acre Dames Point Marine Terminal includes the 158-acre TraPac Terminal used by Mitsui OSK Lines.
The Dames Point Marine Terminal is used for containers, bulk cargoes, and cruise ships. There are four general berths at the Dames Point Marine Terminal. Berths 16 and 17 have berthing space of 365.8 meters (1200 feet). Berth 10 has berthing space of 390.1 meters (1280 feet), and Berth 18 has berthing space of 420.6 meters (1380 feet).
Apron width at Berth 10 is 24.4 meters (80 feet). At Berth 18, apron width is 4.6 meters (15 feet). At Berths 16 and 17, apron width is 45.7 meters (150 feet). Alongside depth at all berths is 12.2 meters (40 feet). The TraPac Terminal is equipped with six container cranes and six rubber-tired gantry cranes. The Dames Point TraPac Terminal has on-dock rail connections with CSX Transportation and highway connections with Interstate 95 and 295.
In 2008, JAXPORT announced the approval of a 30-year lease agreement with Korea's Hanjin Shipping Company. Under the lease terms, Hanjin will build a 90-acre container facility at the Dames Point Marine Terminal. Planned to begin operations in a few years, the Hanjin Container Terminal at Dames Point will be a major hub for the company's activities on the United States' East Coast. The new terminal will include two berths capable of handling Post-Panamax vessels and more than 800 thousand 20-foot TEUs per year.
Dames Point is home to the United States' longest concrete cable-stayed bridge. Completed in 1984, the Dames Point Bridge was designed by Howard Needles and Ulrich Finsterwalder. The main span of the Dames Point Bridge is 390 meters (1300 feet) long and 53.3 meters (175 feet) high.
For information about the recreational opportunities available in or near Dames Point, please refer to the Cruising and Travel section of the Port of Jacksonville article.