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ZIM upsizes four vessels on 2M Jacksonville service

[ December 20, 2022   //   ]

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has upsized four vessels utilized in its weekly container service operated through the 2M Alliance calling JAXPORT, replacing the smaller ships with two larger 11,700-TEU and two larger 11,923-TEU vessels.
The four newly-built ships are the largest ships ever to be included in a regular port rotation at JAXPORT. The recently completed 47-foot harbor deepening project provides the water draft needed for these larger vessels to call the port regularly.
One of the new vessels, the 11,923 TEU ZIM USA, arrived at JAXPORT the week of December 14, tying the port record for the largest container ship ever to call Jacksonville.
“The foresight of our federal, state, and local partners to invest in our port provides the capabilities needed to accommodate these vessels,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are grateful to ZIM and the 2M Alliance for bringing these ships to Jacksonville, supporting and growing local jobs throughout the supply chain.”
The 2M is an alliance comprised of Maersk, MSC, Hamburg Süd and ZIM. The 2M’s Jacksonville service features a total of 11 ships that connect JAXPORT to Qingdao, Shanghai, and Ningbo in China; Busan, South Korea; and Kingston, Jamaica.
The 2M calls the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island weekly, carrying consumer goods such as electronics, toys, furniture and other retail goods, as well as parts and supplies for U.S. manufacturers and companies. \

container trades, providing access for local industry to cost-competitive shipping options. The development of this facility cements TiL’s commitment to further strengthen American infrastructure, making Port NOLA accessible for larger vessels and increasing its throughput capacity in a sustainable way that will bring measurable benefits to the community.”
Following an extensive site selection process and feasibility studies, Port NOLA purchased 1,200 acres of land in Violet in 2020, sufficient to accommodate the terminal, value-added services and warehousing facilities, and provide a natural buffer for the nearby community. The latest design incorporates community feedback gathered over the last two years regarding traffic, drainage and other impacts on nearby homes and businesses.
“This partnership is pivotal for the future growth in trading Louisiana agricultural commodities in the global marketplace,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM. “While bulk grains, grain products, and edible oils are exported through the port, the dominant product is poultry. Poultry is one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Louisiana, contributing over $1 billion to the state’s economy. This project will only further the success of Louisiana agriculture exporters and the many products they have to offer the global market. We welcome this momentous new partnership and the economic impact it will have across Louisiana.”

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