Biggest Ship Yet Calls on Port of Tacoma

Posted: July 11, 2013  |  By: John Gillie [News Tribune]

A container ship longer and wider than a Navy aircraft carrier called Wednesday at the Port of Tacoma’s Washington United Terminal, setting a record for vessel size at the port.

The Zim Djibouti has a capacity of 10,000 container units, about 40 percent larger than the typical container vessel that calls on port terminals.

Before the Wednesday morning trip by the Zim Djibouti up the Blair

Waterway, the largest container ship to call at the port had a capacity of 8,500 container units, said Tara Mattina, the port’s communications director.

The container vessel is 1,145 feet long and 151 feet wide. The USS Nimitz is 1,090 feet long and 134 feet wide at the waterline although at the flight deck the Nimitz is 252 feet wide. The aircraft carrier is stationed at Naval Station Everett.

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