The record book has been revised again when it comes to the largest container ship to call in Halifax. But this time it is not just the largest in Halifax, but the largest in any Canadian port. CMA CGM Brazil has a capacity of 15,072 TEU and it appeared to be pretty close to that number as it sailed early this afternoon.
The ship is quite new, having just been delivered in May of this year by Hyundai Samho. The ship at 366m long, 51m breadth and 12.1m draft, measures 149,314 gt, 157,076 dwt.
CMA CGM Brazil operates on the Columbus JAX route for the OCEAN Alliance partners CMA CGM (and its wholly owned APL), Evergreen and COSCO. (That service runs from West Coast North American transpacific through south Asia, the Middle East and Mediterranean to the east coast of North America, and return via Suez. Ships call in Halifax west bound only and arrive direct from Colombo, Sri Lanka.)
Container terminal PSA Halifax is the only facility in eastern Canada able to handle ships of this size. It now has five PostPanamax cranes. A pier extension soon to be completed will allow the terminal to handle two ship of this size at the same time. If that should happen it will need at least one more crane (which is on order) if not more.