The largest ship to ever call at Jacksonville’s seaport was welcomed at Jaxport’s TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point. The 8, 100 TEU container vessel MOL Competence sailed from Southeast Asia throughout the Suez Canal and called at numerous other United States East Coast ports before stopping at TraPac.
The MOL Competence is over 1, 000 feet long and due to its over -150-feet breadth, it is simply too big to fit through the present Panama Canal locks.
Dennis Kelly, TraPac Jacksonville Vice President and General Manager commented that the MOL Competence, and various other post-Panamax sized ships calling at Jacksonville as a part of a regular rotation through the Suez Canal, has fully displayed the many strategic perks of the port regarding the accommodation of larger vessels calling at the United States East Coast.
“When your port is like Jaxport and it is located closely to such a large number of consumers, distribution centers and retailers, the last mile becomes far more affordable and significantly easier,” Kelly commented. “It lends itself to a far more timely, sufficient and trust-worthy supply chain.”