FIRST CONTAINER SHIP CALLS AT NEW PORT CANAVERAL TERMINAL
Canaveral Pilot Capt. Steve Gasecki conned the first container ship to call at the new Canaveral Cargo Terminal into Port Canaveral and docked the vessel at the new berth on June 12, 2015. The vessel, CMA CGM Jamaica, arrived to commemorate the opening of the new terminal operated by Gulftainer USA (GT USA). The vessel is 866 ft in length, 106 feet in beam and arrived at the port with 36 ft 7 inches of draft. Container capacity of the vessel is 2810 TEUs or Twenty Foot Equivalent units. The vessel is the largest and deepest draft cargo vessel to navigate to the Port’s West Basin and dock at the new terminal. Following terminal grand opening ceremonies, the vessel departed the Port, again with Capt. Steve Gasecki at the conn. GT USA has plans to invest $100 million at the port to provide a state-of-the-art container operation that is expected to contribute $630 million to the local economy and create up to 2000 jobs once it is fully up and running. The Canaveral Port Authority plans dredging to deepen the berths and the turning basin off the container terminal to allow for deeper draft vessels by December 2016.