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.”