On June 30th Port Everglades celebrated a milestone with the arrival of the largest container ship in the seaport’s history. The MSC Marina is 997 feet long, 73,819 gross registered tons and has capacity for 6,402 teus. By comparison, of the other types of ships that have visited Port Everglades, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 is 1,132 feet in length and the US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is 1,092 feet long. The next largest container ships to call Port Everglades are approximately 965 feet long, carry approximately 1,300 less teus.
The MSC Marina sailed from Freeport, Bahamas, to Port Everglades, and will go to Savannah and Charleston before sailing back to Europe. The ship is carrying general merchandise and loaded approximately 1,500 empty containers at Port Everglades.
In less than two years of operation, MSC and its terminal operator Port Everglades Terminals LLC (PET) has become the second largest container shipping terminal at Port Everglades moving approximately one million tons of cargo annually. The MSC/PET terminal is expected to generate $3.7 million in revenue for Port Everglades this fiscal year.