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August 30, 2017

Port of Virginia hosts its first 14,000-TEU vessel

The biggest container ship to ever come to the U.S. East Coast, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, made its first stop at The Port of Virginia on Monday and in doing so surpassed a short-lived record for ship-size set earlier this summer.

The Roosevelt's vessel's capacity is 14,400 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. The COSCO Development set the mark in May when it sailed into the Norfolk Harbor carrying 13,092 TEUs. Since then, slightly larger vessels have come and gone.

At first light Monday morning, a ship pilot from the Virginia Pilot Association safely guided the 1,200-foot-long vessel through the harbor to VIG Terminal, where nearly 3,000 containers will be loaded on and unloaded. A few hours after it was docked and cargo operations where underway, The Port of Virginia's leadership team hosted leaders from CMA CGM North America at VIG to recognize the historic ship call.

As the ships get bigger, there are corresponding cargo loads. The ability to quickly move cargo by truck, barge and rail is critical to success and creates even greater opportunities for Virginia exports to reach world markets.

Source: The Port of Virginia