VPA - The Port of Virginia Welcomes the COSCO Development
Monday, May 8, 2017
The Virginia Port Authority has issued the following:
May 8, 2017
Contact: Joseph D. Harris
(757) 683-2137 / Office
(757) 675-8087 / Cell
Biggest Vessel in Port’s History Calls;
Governor, Dignitaries Herald Arrival of
13,000-TEU COSCO Development
NORFOLK, VA – At 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide, the containership COSCO Development is a behemoth. It is 100-plus feet longer that the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, and is bigger than any containership to call The Port of Virginia® and the U.S. East Coast.
The vessel can carry 13,092 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. The previous record was held by the MOL Benefactor when it sailed to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) last summer. By comparison, Monday’s arrival of the COSCO Development breaks the previous record by 3,000 TEUs.
“We’ve seen nothing like her here,” said John. F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “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.”
In Monday’s early morning, tugboats eased the COSCO Development alongside at Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Soon after, crews descended on the berth, climbed into the ship-to-shore cranes and shuttle trucks and began the process of loading and unloading. During the course of her 30-plus hour stay in Virginia, multiple labor shifts will load and unload nearly 2,000 containers. On average, most vessels are here for 12-14 hours.