CMA CGM Brazil – Very Large Container Ship (VLCS) in action.

Crowd gathers to see the Very Large Container Ship - CMA CGM Brazil - approach the port of Charleston on its record breaking journey.

You can see below a video of the container ship CMA CGM Brazil, a container vessel from the Very Large Container Ship category, approaching the port of Charleston, S.C. where it docked at the Wando Welch Terminal.

In September 2020, it set the record for the largest vessel ever to enter the port of New York & New Jersey and to dock on the U.S. East Coast. Here approaching the port of Charleston.

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Container port animation

Today, 18% of the global ocean cargo is moved thanks to shipping containers, container vessels, and container ports or terminals. But how do containers ports work?

Container ports can be gigantic like the Shanghai container port through which over 40 000 000 TEUs* pass each year or small local single quays possibly relying on the gears (cranes) of the arriving vessel for the loading operations.
They can be fully automated – calling upon automated cranes, handling and repositioning equipment – or can rely on a qualified workforce operating specialized equipment and cranes.

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2020 world merchant fleet

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Based on the publicly available UNCTAD data, the world merchant fleet was composed of over 95,000 vessels in 2020.
The total deadweight* of this gigantic fleet was over 2,000,000 thousand tons – meaning that in 2020 the merchant fleet had the capacity to carry (all in : crew, cargo, fuel, ballast,….) over 2,000,000,000 tons at any one point in time.

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