The biggest container ship to ever call the U.S. East Coast — the 15,072-TEU CMA CGM Brazil — is expected to sail into Charleston Harbor on Sunday.
The CMA CGM Brazil’s visit to SC Ports is very significant for the port and the state, showcasing big-ship capabilities and global competitiveness. Larger ships carry more cargo, furthering supporting businesses and jobs throughout South Carolina and the Southeast.
The CMA CGM Brazil is operated by the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics. CMA CGM is No. 1 in total U.S. combined export/import market share and employs more than 12,000 staff members in the U.S. CMA CGM serves 19 U.S. ports with 34 services and 93 weekly port calls.
“We congratulate CMA CGM on this landmark record ship. We are excited by all it represents for SC Ports and South Carolina’s economy,” SC Ports’ President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “The CMA CGM Brazil’s visit to SC Ports points to our long-term strategy of investing in port infrastructure and deepening our harbor to accommodate the large vessels visiting the East Coast.”
The CMA CGM Brazil worked its way down the East Coast, saving the deepest port for last. Charleston’s deep harbor and wide channels can seamlessly handle the loaded vessel, making Charleston the last U.S. port of call before it heads overseas. The Charleston Harbor is currently being deepened to 52 feet.
SC Ports’ efficient operations and massive ship-to-shore cranes will enable the swift movement of cargo for the CMA CGM Brazil.
“SC Ports eagerly anticipates the arrival of the 15,072-TEU CMA CGM Brazil,” SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. “SC Ports’ excellent operations ensure we can efficiently work vessels of this size. Our SC Ports team and the broader maritime community looks forward to welcoming the CMA CGM Brazil to Charleston.”
Sea News, September 21