Evergreen’s Thalassa Axia, 1,200 feet long and with a 13,800 TEU capacity, arrived Thursday (Nov. 01) and is believed to be the largest ship to call at the port of Tacoma, according to port communications representatives.
It’s an example of the larger ships the port expects to see as they become more common for shipping lines on trans-Pacific routes.
Congress recently signed off on a channel deepening study to accommodate bigger ships at the port.
While this ship’s capacity is substantial, Katie Whittier, the port’s communications director, notes that it is smaller “than the 18,000-plus TEU vessels that have entered the global market, and for which our new giant cranes are designed to handle.”
Whittier said extra shifts will continue to be added to handle the increased volume coming through the port.
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