PortMiami Welcomes Largest Container Ship to Call Florida
MAERSK SHANGHAI, a 10,081 TEU container ship, the largest to ever call a Florida deep-water port was at PortMiami last week.
The MAERSK SHANGHAI is part of the TP11 Service (Maersk Line), AMERICA Service (MSC), USEC-1 Service (2M Alliance, Maersk & MSC). The vessel is 1,063 feet (324 meters) long and 159 feet wide, which is equal to about three football fields long.
Service rotation includes: Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Chiwan, Yantian, Vung Tau, Singapore, Salalah, Suez Canal, Newark, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, Miami, Freeport, Newark, Suez Canal, and Singapore.
“We welcome the MAERSK SHANGHAI to PortMiami,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Its arrival is a milestone for PortMiami as it also makes history by being the largest cargo container ship ever to visit a Florida port. Bigger ships represent the movement of more goods in and out of the port, which translates to growth and prosperity for our economy.”
“The MAERSK SHANGHAI is the first vessel in history to berth at PortMiami with a capacity of 10,000 TEUs,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “PortMiami has made tremendous investments in infrastructure improvements to solidify its position as a world class Global Gateway. Today we’re the only full-service port on the East Coast of the United States south of Virginia with a channel depth of -50/-52 feet able to handle the larger Super-Post-Panamax ships.”
“Today’s arrival of the MAERSK SHANGHAI is the culmination of years of hard work by PortMiami and POMTOC to ensure that we’re ready, willing, and able to handle these new PPX vessels,” said Carlos Arocha, COO of POMTOC. “We, at POMTOC, are very proud that our partner Maersk is the first carrier to schedule a PPX vessel at the Port and more importantly the first to call in Florida. This is just the beginning of the first of many vessels to follow and we stand ready to welcome them and continue to provide the kind of professional service to which they are accustomed to at our terminal.”