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Savannah Serves Largest Vessel Ever to Call U.S. East Coast

Savannah Serves Largest Vessel Ever to Call U.S. East Coast
Danny Gill

CMA CGM’s Theodore Roosevelt, the largest container ship to ever serve the U.S. East Coast at 14,414 TEUs, recently called the Port of Savannah.

Working the vessel with seven cranes at the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal, the Port of Savannah is expected to move 4,500 containers (approximately 8,000 TEUs) on and off the ship. The GPA will work six other vessels simultaneous to the Roosevelt.

“Not only do these massive ships play to Savannah’s strengths, they actually make us more efficient,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “When neopanamax vessels call on the largest single container terminal in North America, it maximizes the attributes that set Savannah apart: more space, more cranes and better landside connections.”

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt Visits the Port of Savannah
In just three months, the Port of Savannah has hosted 13 vessels with a capacity of 13,000 TEUs or greater. The average number of containers moving on and off these big ships is 8,000 TEUs per vessel. The next 14,000-TEU vessel, the CMA CGM John Adams, will arrive in Savannah on September 7th.

“In Fiscal Year 2017, which ended June 30, the Port of Savannah served 69 vessels with a capacity of 10,000 TEUs or more,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “No other port on the East Coast has served more vessels, more often with more on-terminal assets than the Garden City Terminal.”

The Roosevelt is deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, which connects Asia and U.S. East Coast ports via the Panama Canal. The SAX service includes 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs.

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Danny Gill

Danny is currently a Contributing Writer for Airfreight Logistics and Logistics Manager (LM) and is quite the foodie. He’s always on the hunt for new and exciting dishes to sample, and is never one to back down from a spicy challenge. His travels have taken him around the world, and he’s been able to experience many different cultures (and food).

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