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Record-breaking cargo ship passes through Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Another massive cargo ship called on Savannah Friday afternoon.

The CGM Theodore Roosevelt passed by River Street around 3 p.m.

The Georgia Ports Authority says Savannah is just one of its many stops.

"So the ship will be coming from Asia, through the Panama Canal, and then it will go to Norfolk, and then it comes to Savannah, and then it'll go to New York after that," said Griff Lynch, Executive Director, GPA.

The Roosevelt is about 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide. It can carry 14,414 containers, as measured in standard 20-foot units or TEUs. It is the largest ship to have called on the East Coast of the United States, and is a sibling vessel to the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which in 2015 was the largest capacity container ship to call on any U.S. port.

"It's pretty interesting, we learned about the ship, learned that it was 1,200 feet long, so a little bit of an educational experience for us," said Jill McBee, visiting from Florida. "When you look at the perspective, you kind of wonder if it's going to make it."

"It's been really nice to something so large, I've never seen something so big in my entire life," said Jesse Roguska, visiting from Florida. "I didn't know how it was going to make it. I thought it was going to turn around."

Many may remember the COSCO cargo ship that traveled to Savannah back in May. At the time, it was the largest container ship to ever visit the East Coast of the United States.

Track the CGM Theodore Roosevelt's latest position by clicking here.

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