ISSUE 5 2021

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Feature: Perishables Reefer Madness p.16

CMA CGM Marco Polo is docked at the Port of Virginia’s Virginia International Gateway. (VPA photo)

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SpaceX comes to Port of

Long Beach p.2

Luſthansa Cargo lays foundation for Artcube p.9

The enormous CMA CGM Marco Polo is making the rounds on North America’s East Coast. CMA CGM Marco Polo is deployed on the weekly Columbus JAX service connecting South Asia with North America’s East Coast. It first arrived at Halifax,

Nova Scotia on May 17, setting a new size record there. PSA Halifax is the only port in Eastern

Canada that can

accommodate ultra-class vessels. It then called at the

Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine

Terminal in New

Jersey on May 20, then Port of Virginia on May 23, Port of Savannah, May 26, and Port of Charleston on May 28, where it also broke all records. At the Port of Savannah, the

ship docked at Berth 9 where a team of logistics professionals tackled the CMA CGM Marco Polo with seven ship-to-shore cranes and hundreds of men and women on the ground and aboard the vessel to load

and unload an estimated 6,000 TEUs of cargo. “In my seven years serving

on the port authority board, it has been gratifying to see Savannah step up to the plate and increase its capacity,

infrastructure and workforce to accommodate massive vessels like the Marco Polo,” said outgoing GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight, who boarded the vessel at the mouth of the Savannah River with the pilots who guided the ship along the channel. “There is a reason Garden City Terminal has become the hub for global commerce in the Southeastern U.S: 30 cranes, nearly 10,000 feet of contiguous dock space, and a 1,345-acre container yard.” The CMA CGM Marco Polo

CMA CGM Marco Polo pulls into the Port of Halifax. (Port of Halifax photo.)

sails on the weekly Ocean Alliance AWE3 service arriving direct from South Asia, South East Asia and China. At 396 meters long and 53 meters wide, the vessel is only

about 150-feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall. It has a capacity of 16,022 twenty-foot equivalent containers.

Delivered in

2012, CMA CGM Marco Polo actually holds the title as the largest containership in the world, overtaking Maersk’s E-Class which included Emma Maersk. CMA CGM says the debut

of ship on the JAX reflects an increase in capacity. “The deployment of the

CMA CGM MARCO POLO is yet another indicator of our flexibility and commitment to delivering the essentials that keep America moving,” said Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM America and APL North America. “It is also important to mention that

+ our regular From the Editor p.4

Logistics Roundup p.2 Shipping Roundup p.3

Road & Rail Roundup p.5 Airfreight Roundup p.6

this milestone would not be possible without the efforts of our port partners on the East Coast. Their intelligent, timely infrastructure improvements to support larger ships make it possible for us to proactively respond to the needs of our customers.”

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