On Friday, July 19, Cape Akritas arrived on its maiden voyage at Maher Terminals at the Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal (EPAMT). The ship’s arrival also marked the first visit for Captain Strongylis Evangelos, a 19-year veteran, along with his 24-person multinational crew. The Captain and crew were greeted by General Manager of the New Jersey Marine Terminal (NJMT), Mike Bozza, for a plaque presentation to commemorate the visit – on behalf of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Cape Akritas was built in 2016 by Hanjin Subic Shipyard and is owned by Athens-based Costamare, operating a fleet of 76 containerships. The ship is registered under the flag of Malta and is chartered to Evergreen Marine Corporation, a Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company. It is currently operating in the AUE service as part of the Ocean Alliance, connecting Hong Kong, South China and Taiwan with the United States East Coast (USEC) ports.
The Port of New York and New Jersey was called on by Cape Akritas after previously serving U.S. West Coast ports. The 11,000 TEU capacity vessel carried an array of products consisting mostly of general department store merchandise for local distributors. With recent improvements at Port facilities dedicated to more efficient ways to transfer cargo – Maher performed approximately 3,500 moves (unloading and loading) on the ship before it departed for Asia.