Record container ship arrives at Port of Tacoma

Heralding the larger ships cascading into service from the Asia-Europe trades to the trans-Pacific, the ZIM Djibouti, the largest container ship ever to call in Tacoma, arrived Wednesday at Washington United Terminals, a 110-acre container terminal on the Blair Waterway at the Port of Tacoma.

With a capacity of 10,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), the ZIM Djibouti is 1,145 feet long and 150 feet wide. Its length stretches more than twice the diameter of the Tacoma Dome and almost twice the height of the Space Needle. It holds about 40 percent more cargo than most of the container ships that call at the Port of Tacoma.

“Ships continue to get larger, and we are ready for them,” said Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe. “We are fortunate to have naturally deep water, and we are investing in our terminals and road and rail infrastructure to handle more cargo and the associated super-post-Panamax ships and cranes.”

The ZIM Djibouti is scheduled to head Thursday to Pusan, South Korea.