The Port of Mobile offers public, deepwater terminals with direct access to five Class 1 railroads, two interstate systems (I-10 and I-65), a weekly rail ferry service to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and 15,000 miles (2,400 km) of inland and intracoastal waterways serving the Great Lakes, Ohio and Tennessee valleys and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operates public terminals at the Port of Mobile. These terminals handle containerized, breakbulk, coal, grain, Ro/Ro, cement and oversized/heavy lift cargoes. This full-service seaport is currently ranked 13th in the nation based on total tonnage. The Port of Mobile is also represented by private bulk terminal operators as well as a number of highly specialized shipbuilding and repair companies, with two of the largest floating dry docks on the Gulf Coast.
Over the past decade, the Alabama State Port Authority has invested more than $700 million toward a capital expansion program establishing new facilities at the Port of Mobile, including a new container terminal, a new steel terminal, expansion at McDuffie coal terminal, a new rail ferry terminal, new warehouses and a new turning basin and two new “super Post-Panamax” cranes.