Posted April 20, 2020
The Port of Charleston expects to mark a big-ship milestone in June when a container vessel capable of carrying more than 15,000 cargo boxes pulls into the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant.
The CMA CGM Panama, part of the Ocean Alliance shipping network, is scheduled to arrive in late June as part of an upgrade to the Columbus Loop route that travels between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.
With a capacity to ferry up to 15,072 containers measured in 20-foot increments, the Panama is slightly larger than the current biggest ship that visits Charleston — the 14,414-container Thomas Jefferson.
Breaking the 15,000-container barrier is another step toward the State Ports Authority’s goal of hosting ships carrying 18,000 boxes as the new Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, which opens in March.
“This is an exciting time in the operations of the port,” said Jim Newsome, the authority’s president and CEO.