Zim’s new 4,500-teu Zim Shekou debuted at Broward County’s Port Everglades this week replacing older, smaller vessels in the container shipping line’s Asia-US East Coast Express (AUX) service. On hand to welcome Zim Captain Ron Golan and the 39,906-grt ship Manuel Almira, Port Everglades Assistant Director of Business Development, Capt. Golan, Port Everglades Deputy Director Glenn A. Wiltshire and Carlos Buqueras, Director of Business Development. AUX is a direct all-water service from seaports in China to Port Everglades and other seaports along the US East Coast. The Zim Shekou, named after a city in China near Hong Kong, is one of three new Zim vessels scheduled for this rotation.
Port Everglades, located in South Florida, is ranked as one of the fastest growing container seaports in the United States according to the PIERS import/export database. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry for products shipped to and from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and the Far East. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system, is within two miles of the FEC rail hub and is just one mile from the Atlantic Shipping Lanes. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades will have the ability to handle the Port’s growing container traffic.