Port of Mobile, Alabama

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Fillette, Green Shipping Services- Mobile, Alabama

Serving the Ports of Gulfport, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Theodore, Alabama and Pensacola, Panama City, Florida

261 North Conception Street
Mobile, Alabama 33603
(Mailing address P.O. Box 1842, Mobile. Al 36603)

Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:       (251) 432-6813
E-Mail:  mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  Clifton St. Pierre
Mobile:  (504) 884-6600

The Port of Mobile is the only deep-water port in the State of Alabama. Centrally located along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coastline it was ranked by the United States Army Corps of Engineers as the 12th largest port by tonnage in the nation during 2010. The port is located along the Mobile River and is accessible through Mobile Bay form the Gulf of Mexico. The port has public, deep-water terminals with direct access to 1,500 miles of inland and intercostal waterways service the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys (via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway), and the Gulf of Mexico. The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operated the public terminals at the Port of Mobile. The combined public and private terminal compliment serve containerized, break-bulk, liquid and dry bulk, Ro/Ro and heavy lift. The port has immediate access to two interstate systems, I-10 east to west and I-65 north to south. Additionally the port has saccess to 5 class 1 railroads with the CG railway operating a ferry service to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz in Mexico from Mobile. Dedicated in 1928, the port is located at 30‹39Œ47.39N 88‹1Œ59.79W

Total Scope of The Port


  • Acreage: Total - 4,000

    • Main Complex: 570

    • McDuffie Island: 556

    • Choctaw Point: 380+/- acres

    • Other Sites: 2,098

    • Inland Docks: 462

  • ASPA Economic Impact in Alabama

    • 127,591 Direct and Indirect Jobs

    • $506+ Million in Direct and Indirect Tax Impact

    • Total Economic Value $18.7 Billion

  • Number of Berths: 41

  • Channel Depth: 45 Feet to the Tunnels; 40 Foot in the River Harbor

  • Warehouse and Open Yards: 4 Million sq. ft.

  • FY2013 Number of Vessel Calls: ASPA Terminals 743; Port-wide 1,248

  • FY2013 ASPA Tonnage: 25.3 Million Tons

  • FY2013 ASPA Containers: 224,614 TEUs

  • FY2013 Revenue Rail Cars Handled: 150,450 Units

  • Imports: Heavy Lift & Oversized Cargo, Containers, Coal, Aluminum, Iron, Steel, Copper, Lumber, Woodpulp, Plywood, Fence Posts, Veneers, Roll and Cut Paper, Cement, and Chemicals.

  • Exports: Heavy Lift & Oversized Cargo, Containers, Coal, Lumber, Plywood, Woodpulp, OSB, Laminate, Flooring, Roll and Cut Paper, Iron, Steel, Frozen Poultry, Soybeans, and Chemicals.

General Restrictions for the Port of Mobile, Alabama


  • Vessels with beam over 115 feet are restricted to one way traffic.

  • Vessels 850 X 135 feet restricted to daylight turning.

  • Vessels 950 X 150 requires two (2) pilots.

  • Or over 150,000 DWT requires two (2) Pilots

  • Vessels 900 X 140 feet are restricted to day light passage of buoy # 22

  • which is located in the lower channel.

Observed Holidays

The following days are designated as Holidays, and commence at 0700 hours:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King's Birthday

  • Mardi Gras Day

  • Easter

  • National Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Veteran's Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day

When any one of the above listed holidays falls on a weekend, the day observed by the State shall be considered the holiday.

Harbor Master advising the following

The Mobile bar channel is 400 feet wide and we routinely bring in ships that are Panamax vessels. Once we get above Panamax size beam (106 feet) we start getting into one way traffic with a beam above 115 feet. That is a common occurrence in the port as many of the coal ships and tankers have beams in the 130' - 140' range. We have brought Suezmax vessels but they do require more active management of these vessels. Since I have been here, we have brought in a few things wider than that (like a rig going to the shipyard) but usually get into tug escorts, dual bar pilots, etc.

There is no maximum LOA defined but will be restricted by our turning basins. The bar pilots bring in 965 foot container vessels frequently and turn of the container terminal in the new turning basin. Prior to the new turning basin, we would turn those larger ships at Three mile creek but were really pushing on the limits at that location. I don't believe that the pilots have defined a maximum size but would have to work very hard for anything over 1100 feet.

The maximum draft is 47 feet from the sea buoy to Fort Morgan, 45 feet from Fort Morgan to Mobile Container Terminal and from there 40 feet up to and including the Three Mile Creek turning basin.

The port has not established a maximum size for DWT or displacement.

McDuffie Coal Terminal

Terminal & General Info:

- Loading Rate: Approx: 1500 to 2500 TPH

- Loading Arm: one

- Density changes with the weather conditions but averages 1.00 to

1.021(Subject to confirmation)

- Stowage Factor abt: 42-43 CBFT per MT (Subject to confirmation by shipper)

- Max sailing draft: 45 ft

- Max airdraft: 61 ft at # 1 and 64 ft at # 2

- BL weight(s) will be determined by draft survey

- Working Schedule: Terminal operates 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with

regular holidays (ASD) closures.


Please note that vessel's holds must be free of all residue cargo and any rust scale. The Surveyor is very strict here and a close inspection will be completed. If vessel docks n fails on inspection the terminal charges $1,200.00 per hr until vessel passes.

Also please note ASD Tariff if vessel is required to shift to a lay berth in case of berth congestion

"Alabama State Docks Bulk Division Tariff B - Sec. 202 Part D. A vessel may be required by declaration of Management in cases of berth congestion or threatened congestion or by contractual obligation on the part of the Terminals, to file with the Berth Application, an agreement to hold at Sea buoy or a nominated lay berth, shift, vacate berth or work overtime as required herein Also Please note ASD Tariff if Vessel is required to shiftto a layberth in case of Berth Congestion"

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