The Alabama State Port Authority
recently handled the largest ship in the seaport’s history at its APM Terminals Mobile facility. The
Post-Panamax, 8,400 TEU capacity container ship serves Mediterranean Shipping’s weekly direct call service to Mobile
to/from the North European ports of Antwerp, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven and Le
Havre. In addition to the European service (SATL), shippers out of Mobile can
take advantage of the vessel rotation calling Freeport, Texas, which provides
multiple global port destinations.
The MSC Texas is a 101,898 DWT
container ship measuring 1,096'x141'. Norton
Lilly International served as
the vessel’s agent. APM Terminals served as the terminal operator.
Jimmy Lyons, director and chief executive for the port authority noted a
steady increase in Post-Panamax vessels at the port due in part to
infrastructure investments at the Port of Mobile.
“We’ve increased our ability to handle and turn these vessels thanks to
a 45' channel and a turning basin capable of turning ships upwards of 1200' in
length. Other contributing factors that attract the larger vessels at APM
Terminals Mobile are efficient operations, increasing cargo base and cost
effective shipping options in our region,” said Lyons. APM Terminals Mobile
opened in 2008 and in the last three years has posted an average 35 percent
growth rate by volume. “We are extremely pleased with the ease and efficiency
this vessel was handled at the Port of Mobile further demonstrating our ongoing
ability to service vessels of this size,” said Lyons.
The Port Authority, and its partners, in recent years had invested over
$340 million in a state-of-the-art container terminal and turning basin capable
of handling the larger, Post-Panamax sized vessels on Mobile’s 45 foot draft
channel. “Our partner, APM Terminals, quickly dispatched the ship’s cargo
demonstrating why they are the best in container terminal operations.”