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Biggest vessel to call U.S. East Coast comes to Virginia first

Staff Writer |
The biggest container ship to ever come to the U.S. East Coast, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, made its first stop at The Port of Virginia.

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It surpassed a short-lived record for ship-size set earlier this summer.

The Roosevelt’s vessel’s capacity is 14,400 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs.

The COSCO Development set the mark in May when it sailed into the Norfolk Harbor carrying 13,092 TEUs. Since then, slightly larger vessels have come and gone.

At first light Monday morning, a ship pilot from the Virginia Pilot Association safely guided the 1,200-foot-long vessel through the harbor to VIG, where nearly 3,000 containers will be loaded on and unloaded.

A few hours after it was docked and cargo operations where underway, The Port of Virginia’s leadership team hosted leaders from CMA CGM North America at VIG to recognize the historic ship call.


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