“It’s clear our efforts to expand capacity and reach are taking hold,” said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, on Friday.
The CMA CGM Brazil will unload shipments from Asia destined for large retailers in the region. It will include poultry, wood products, and cotton from Georgia, Lynch told the AJC.
Due to its size, the ship can only sail to Savannah with a high load with a full load Tide. Work to deepen the port will continue and when this project is completed in about two years this restriction will be lifted.
Larger ships are more efficient and allow workers to reload more cargo in less time, Lynch said. “We currently have an average of 1
,700 or 1,800 (containers) per ship. Ten years ago the average was around 700 per ship. “
Until Friday, the Evergreen Theseus from Taiwan was the largest ship to call at Savannah. The ship, which was in Savannah in February, can handle 14,354 20-foot containers.
There are few restrictions on the size of a ship on the west coast. The largest ship called so far was the ULCV MSC Anna, which according to the Maritime Executive magazine can carry 19,000 20-foot containers.