Orient Overseas Container Line’s 13,208-TEU containership arrived at the Wando Welch Terminal at 2:37 a.m. Sunday and departed at 5:39 p.m. Monday. More than 3,000 cargo boxes — 883 import and 2,208 export — were unloaded and loaded on the ship, port spokeswoman Erin Dhand said in an email.
The ship is about 1,202 feet long and 158 feet wide. It is similar in size to the Cosco Development, now the second-largest ship to come to Charleston, but the OOCL France can hold more shipping boxes.
Before coming to Charleston, the France broke a record as the largest vessel to transit the Panama Canal. The recently completed expansion of the canal enables larger ships to transit it. The ship is now headed for Hong Kong.
“We are very delighted with the warm welcome that the OOCL France received from the Port of Charleston. ... The OOCL France was not only the largest containership to have called Charleston, but also the largest in its class to sail through the Panama Canal to date,” OOCL’s Trades Director Stephen Ng said in a statement.
OOCL France is deployed on the new Ocean Alliance South Atlantic Express weekly service, connecting Asia to the U.S. East Coast via the Panama Canal. The ECX1 service has 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 13,000 TEUs, including the Cosco Development.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the TEU size of the France vessel. It is a 13,208-TEU containership.