Largest Container Ship in Port Everglades'
History Arrives Today

June 30, 2006

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (June 30, 2006) - Port Everglades celebrated a milestone today 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 (20-foot equivalent units, which is the standard industry measurement for containers).  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 U.S. 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 will load 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.

Port Everglades, ranked the 12th leading container seaport in the United States, is a world-class cargo handling facility that serves as an ideal point of entry for products shipped to and from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and more recently the Far East.  The Port 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.

More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available on the Internet at or by calling 954-523-3404.