The largest container ship to serve the U.S. East Coast called on Port of Savannah on Friday, Sept. 1st. The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt carries 14,414 twenty-foot container units (TEUs).

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.

“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.”

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 Sept. 7.


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