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North American east coast ports gear up for largest vessel call

North American east coast ports gear up for largest vessel call
The vessel will call at Halifax, New York, Virginia, Savannah and Charleston

Ports on the east coast of the US and Canada are getting ready for the arrival of the largest container ship to visit the region, the CMA CGM MARCO POLO, which has a capacity of 16,022 teu.

Serving on the French carrier’s Columbus JAX service, the vessel will first set the Canadian record with a stop in Nova Scotia on May 17. The ship will then break the US east coast record when it visits New York on May 20.

The debut of the MARCO POLO represents an increase in capacity on the Columbus JAX service, travelling from South Asia to America’s east coast.

The shipping line noted that the added capacity caters to its US customer base, which is experiencing “unprecedented boosts in e-commerce sales and the resulting increased demand for goods”.

Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM American and APL North America, said: “The deployment of the CMA CGM MARCO POLO is yet another indicator of our flexibility and commitment to delivering the essentials that keep America moving.

“It is also important to mention that this milestone would not be possible without the efforts of our port partners on the east coast. Their intelligent, timely infrastructure improvements to support larger ships make it possible for us to proactively respond to the needs of our customers.”

In addition to the Canada country and US east coast records, the vessel will set individual big-ship records at every port it visits on the North American east coast.

This includes the Port of Halifax (May 17), Port of New York and New Jersey (May 20), Port of Virginia (May 23), Port of Savannah (May 26) and the Port of Charleston (May 28).