The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage.
The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.
“It’s an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah’s strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity.”
At the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal, five cranes will move more than 4,000 containers on and off the vessel, including 3,432 export containers and 655 import boxes.
The vessel is the first to call on Savannah featuring the ONE line’s distinctive color.
“Magenta is very symbolic of our new company’s independent and innovative approach to global container shipping,” said Jeremy Nixon, CEO of the ONE alliance. “Magenta, we also hope, will improve safety, and make the ONE Stork, and her sister-ships, much more visible to all the many other vessels that may pass her in close proximity over the course of her full trading life.”
According to the shipping line, the Stork makes use of state-of-the-art vessel design for improved efficiency. The ship’s hull shape allows improved cargo-loading efficiency, achieved by minimised engine-room space. Additionally, the main engine’s dual, high- or low-output system allows flexible operation and improved fuel-consumption, resulting in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Stork is deployed on The Alliance’s EC4 service (Asia to North America East Coast).