Savannah's ports welcome largest container ship on the U.S. east coast
The largest container ship to ever serve the United States east
coast paid a visit to Savannah Friday 18 Sep morning.
The CMA CGM Brazil is more than 1,200 feet long and more than
167 feet wide. It can also hold more than 15,000 twenty-foot containers,
according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
The ship was welcomed into the Garden City terminal by officials
with the Georgia Ports Authority.
Ongoing Savannah Harbor expansion project made it possible
They say the ongoing Savannah Harbor expansion project is what
made it possible for a ship of this size to travel the Savannah River.
“When it is complete, every foot that we gain, we can load up to
200 more containers. So, 5-feet means 1,000 more containers on a vessel like
this,” Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said.
These extra containers would add to the Georgia ports’
In August, more than 441,000 containers were moved, an increase
of one percent from August 2019.
Bringing in ships like this brings more employment opportunities
In addition, officials say bringing in ships like this brings
more employment opportunities to Georgia’s ports.“We’re talking about over
500,000 people benefiting from a ship like this in the whole state of Georgia,”
International Longshoremen’s Association Executive Director Willie Seymore
As far as the Savannah Harbor expansion, officials with the Army
Corps of Engineers say ships like this bring in immediate economic results.
“For every dollar that is spent on the Savannah Harbor Expansion
Project, we are estimated to get a return of $7.30, and so when we see a ship
like this, I think we are really seeing the return on investments that have
already been put into the channel,” Army Corps of Engineers representative
Russell Wicke said.
Leaders with CMA CGM say more ships of this size can be expected
in Savannah in the future.