Another huge record-breaking ship called on Savannah Thursday afternoon

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Only a few weeks ago we told you of the biggest ship to ever call on the East Coast.

Thursday, one even bigger came through the Savannah River.

River Street was the perfect place to watch the over 1,200-foot container ship make its way into the Georgia Ports Authority terminals.

The OOCL France beat out the COSCO Development by just a few feet in width and length. The France can carry 116 more TEU's than the Development. TEU's are Twenty-Foot Equivalent Container Units. Just because it can carry that many, doesn't mean that many were on the ship when it came through Savannah.

Those with the US Army Corps of Engineers tells us it has to come in with a much lighter load until the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is finished. It's not projected to be finished until late 2021.

The Georgia Port's Authority was excited to welcome her, posting to Facebook saying, "Big Ship, Bigger Moves."

We also caught up with lots of people witnessing the record-breaking moment on River Street.

"It was very impressive, it was beautiful," said John Rosenthal, a Savannah resident. "It looked like a very good thing for the country and certainly for Savannah."

People started to see the France even before her decent on the Savannah River. Ruth Hummel saw her on River Street and Tybee.

"I got out and I ran down this boardwalk to the beach and we looked and there were some more people there watching it. It slowly made its way up the channel and you can see this huge ship," said Hummel, a tourist from Duluth, GA.

"We had an adventure today where we saw the boat coming in from the north end of Tybee, and then we followed it along the Savannah River and ended up here at River Street to watch it come in," said Kelli Willard, a tourist from Suwanee, GA.

The France will be dropping off over 5,000 TEU's in Savannah before heading to Charleston this weekend.

The Williard family has made tracking the France a family outing.

"Highlight of our day today to see the size of the boat and know it is the largest," said Willard.

The France is here from Norfolk, Virginia and once it drops off some of the load here in Savannah it will be going to Charleston. Its home port is in Hong Kong.

Track the OOCL France's position by clicking here.

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