From left: JaxPort CEO Eric Green, ONE South Atlantic Port Operations Manager, Joshua Muckenfuss; JaxPort Director of Ocean Carrier Development Joyssy Woody; SSA Marine Vice President of Florida Operations Frank McBride; and ONE Manager of Corporate Communications Brandon Jordan.
The One Stork sails west near St. Johns Landing toward JaxPort on May 9.
Guided by tugboats and watched by spectators along the St. Johns River, the One Stork set the Jacksonville Port Authority record May 9 for the largest containership to call on the city.
The ship, operated by Ocean Network Express, has a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEUs, with each being the equivalent of a 20-foot shipping container.
It broke the record of 11,923 TEUs set by a pair of ZIM Integrated Shipping Services ships.
“This historic moment signifies the ongoing growth and progress of our community’s economic development,” City Council member Ron Salem said in a news release.
“The increased capacity of our port and the arrival of larger vessels like this will enable us to serve our customers and partners better while creating jobs and driving economic growth for our region, he said.
The One Stork is the first of nine larger vessels that will call on JaxPort weekly, replacing smaller vessels, JaxPort said.
The ship is part of the East Coast 5 service offered by The Alliance, a strategic partnership of shipping firms ONE, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and Yang Ming.
The larger ships can visit the city after the completion of a four-year, $420 million harbor-deepening project that increased the depth of the shipping channel from 40 feet to 47 feet.
Money for the project, completed last year, came from federal, state, JaxPort and corporate funding.
“Today’s arrival of the ONE STORK represents yet another milestone for our port and community,” JaxPort CEO Eric Green said in the release.
“Harbor deepening and the other investments that have been made in our port provide the capability for these larger vessels to call Jacksonville, supporting jobs and economic impact throughout our region and state.”
The ships will visit the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island operated by SSA Marine.
The East Coast 5 port rotation includes: Laem Chabang, Thailand; Cai Mep, Vietnam; Singapore; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Suez Canal; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Halifax, Canada; New York; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville; and Norfolk, Virginia.
“The operational capabilities of Jacksonville’s harbor to accommodate vessels of this size make JAXPORT a great fit for us,” said Louis Ferrer of ONE in the release.
“We are pleased that our customers will continue to benefit from direct service and efficient transit times between Asia and the Southeast U.S.”
JaxPort said cargo may include consumer goods such as furniture, electronics, appliances and medical equipment. Export items could include forest products, resin and clay.