CMA CGM’s Theodore Roosevelt Creates History


CMA CGM’s 14,414 TEU Containership Theodore Roosevelt is set to create history once again by inaugurating the new Bayonne Bridge on September 7, 2017.

It will also go down in the records as being the largest ever vessel to call at Port of New York and New Jersey.

With a capacity of 14,414 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and a length of 1200 feet, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is four times bigger than the statue of Liberty and four times longer than an American football field. It is the largest ship to have stopped over on the East Coast of the United States.

On July 26, 2017, the new CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt began its voyage by leaving Asia’s shipyards to begin its rotation on the South Atlantic Express Service (SAX) from Hong Kong to Shanghai.

Earlier this month, it was the largest vessel to sail through through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal. The Theodore Roosevelt is scheduled to head north to Norfolk, Virginia on August 28th, head south to visit Savannah on August 31st before looping up to Charleston on September 2nd. This will be its last stop before reaching the Port of New York and New Jersey for the inauguration of the Bayonne Bridge.

Image courtesy: The Bayonne Bridge Blog

This New York-New Jersey port call has been organized specifically to celebrate the new Bayonne Bridge. CMA CGM is demonstrating its support of the investment to improve access and infrastructure at the nation’s third-busiest port complex. The elevated bridge and deepened channel will lead to a new era of larger container ship visits.

The Theodore Roosevelt pays tribute to the 26th President of the United States, who was born in New York, was New York City Police Chief, Governor of the state and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. “He is an extraordinary individual and leader, and a historic symbol of both New York City and the nation,” said Jacques R. Saadé, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM.