Jaxport, hails arrival of its biggest ship Zim's 11,000-TEU Cape Sounio
THE Port of Jacksonville in Florida, aka Jaxport, has achieved a new milestone with the arrival and successful handling of the 11,000-TEU Zim vessel, Cape Sounio, the biggest containership to call to date
THE Port of Jacksonville in Florida, aka Jaxport, has achieved a new milestone with the arrival and successful handling of the 11,000-TEU Zim vessel, Cape Sounio, the biggest containership to call to date.
The ship is operated by Zim on a 2M alliance service and she transited the Panama Canal from Asia on her way to the US east coast.
'We are grateful to our 2M alliance partners - Zim, Maersk, MSC, HMM and Hamburg Sud - or making today's milestone possible,' said Jaxport chief commercial officer Kristen DeMarco.
'Investments like harbour deepening and our international container terminal at Blount Island ensure that Jaxport will continue to provide efficient logistics solutions for our customers.'
The ship's arrival comes two weeks after Jaxport and terminal operator SSA Atlantic reached a long-term agreement on a new US$240 million container terminal at Blount Island. The terminal will have capacity for about 80 acres with the potential to grow up to 120 acres, Fort Lauderdale's Martime Executive reported.
Jaxport is also now embarking on its long-awaited harbour deepening project, which will eventually offer a new turning basin and 47 feet of deepwater access, allowing vessels like Cape Sounio to call fully loaded. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023. Jaxport is also investing $100 million in berth upgrades, so as to accommodate two postpanamax vessels simultaneously.