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SAVANNAH, GA: July 31, 2018. The 14,000 TEU vessel One Stork, part of Ocean Network Express (ONE), discharged 655 import boxes and uplifted 3,432 export containers during its maiden voyage call last week.

The newbuild, delivered to ONE on June 12, is deployed on THE Alliance’s EC4 service (Asia to North America East Coast).

A sister vessel, the One Minato, was delivered on July 25 and will also join the EC4 service linking Kaohsiung with, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore and Suez to New York via Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston.

Stork One Network Savannah“It’s an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah,” said Georgia Port Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch. “Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah’s strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity.”

The ship is the first to call at Savannah featuring the ONE line’s distinctive colour. The alliance was established in July last year by the integration of 'K' Line, MOL and NYK.

"Magenta is very symbolic of our new company's independent and innovative approach to global container shipping," explained Jeremy Nixon, CEO of ONE. “Magenta, we also hope, will improve safety, and make the One Stork, and her sister-ships, much more visible to all the many other vessels that may pass her in close proximity over the course of her full trading life,” he added.

The GPA reports a record 4.2 million TEU handled during its financial year ending June 2018, an 8.4 percent increase year-over-year or 325,000 additional units.

“Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia,” said Lynch. “Georgia’s logistical advantages, along with the Southeast’s population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while the expanded Panama Canal has cleared the way for larger vessels to call Savannah.”

In its busiest June on record, the Port of Savannah handled 370,725 TEUs, up 9.8 percent (33,014 TEUs) over the same period last year. It was the GPA’s 18th month in a row handling more than 300,000 TEUs.

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