The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey presented a commemorative plaque to Captain I. Wlodarczyk of the Zim Tianjin. To date, the Tianjin is the largest container vessel to call the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The Tianjin called at Global GCT Bayonne and discharged cargo in it first rotation through the port. Zim Lines has once again become owner and operator of the vessel after its charter expired with another major ocean carrier. The Tianjin is one of the four largest ships in Zim’s fleet and will soon be sailing in one of the many trade lanes Zim operates worldwide.
Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (Zim Lines) is based in Haifa, Israel. The company recently routed three of its largest containerships to the Port of New York and New Jersey. Those vessels included the Zim Tianjin with a 10,000 TEU capacity and measuring 349 meters in length, plus the Zim Chicago and Zim San Diego, each with a capacity of 8,500 TEUs. The Chicago and San Diego called Maher Terminals at Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.
The visits from these three vessels represent an expansion of capacity suitable to address the record cargo volumes logged at the Port of New York and New Jersey in 2014, as well as the port’s anticipated growth, already under way in 2015.
One of the primary purposes of these ship visits was to load back empty containers in anticipation of overseas demand for goods being moved to the United States in the coming weeks and months. During the first two months of 2015, the Port of New York and New Jersey saw export growth in both loads and empties. A strong dollar has impacted cargo volumes in the first quarter of 2015 at all terminals for the Port of New York and New Jersey. A strong dollar also seems to have also impacted cargo volumes during the same period, with imports up as well.