Gallery: Port of Virginia Hosts COSCO Development

Image Courtesy: Port of Virginia


The Port of Virginia welcomed on May 8 COSCO Development, the largest containership to call this port and the US East Coast. 

The 13,092 TEU boxship breaks the previous record held by the 10,000 MOL Benefactor when it sailed to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) last summer.

“We’ve seen nothing like her here. For years, we have been talking about the ‘next generation’ of vessels and the ‘big-ship era’. This is what we have been preparing for: the talk is over, the big ships are here,” John. F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, said.

Built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2011, COSCO Development features a length of 366 meters and a width of 48.2 meters.

The containership is part of the Ocean Alliance’s South Atlantic Express service and it came to the Port of Virginia via the Panama Canal.

Early Monday morning, tugboats eased COSCO Development alongside at Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Soon after, the process of loading and unloading began. During the course of the ship’s 30-plus hour stay in Virginia, multiple labor shifts load and unload nearly 2,000 containers.

“What’s truly significant is that Virginia is this vessel’s first East Coast stop. This vessel is taking full advantage of our 50-foot channels and an expanded Panama Canal,” Reinhart commented, adding that the port will be seeing vessels of this size with regularity.

Reinhart further said the growing vessels sizes and accompanying cargo volumes are behind the port’s USD 670 million investment to increase overall annual throughput capacity by 40 percent – 1 million containers – by 2020. Presently, heavy construction is underway at VIG and the civil engineering work is nearing its start at NIT.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< May 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Americas Summit

Now in its 15th year, the CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Americas Summit is the longest running LNG event in the Americas region.

Bringing together the key players in the LNG & gas value chain in both the Americas region and globally, this is the perfect place to make new contacts, do deals and get essential updates on the market.

This year we return to Houston, TX once again on 20-23 June 2017 – the heart of the energy industry, making it easier than ever to access they key players in your business.

More info

read more >

Nor-Shipping 2017

Nor-Shipping is the leading maritime event week. Their top-quality exhibition, high-level conferences and prime networking opportunities…

read more >

2ND ANNUAL PORTS AND TERMINALS INSURANCE SEMINAR

DETAILED GUIDANCE ON HOW THE INSURANCE MARKET IS CHANGING, HOW RISKS ARE ASSESSED AND WHAT…

read more >

2ND ANNUAL ADVANCED CHARTERING MASTERCLASS

The Advanced Chartering Masterclass will focus on the particularly difficult issues in charterparty agreements and our experts will help you find solutions…

read more >