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XPO Logistics honors Savannah driver for safety; biggest ship yet heads our way

  • The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a total capacity of 14,855 TEUs, is the largest ship ever to come through the Panama Canal. It’s scheduled to call on Savannah in the next few weeks. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal)
  • In appreciation for 3 million accident-free miles, Jeff Groat, right, regional vice president of XPO Logistics, hands professional driver William Henderson of Savannah the key to his new dedicated truck in a ceremony held last week at the XPO Savannah Service Center. (Photo courtesy XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics, Inc., one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload – or LTL — transportation in North America, has recognized professional driver William Henderson of Savannah for surpassing 3 million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

Last week, Henderson was honored at XPO’s Savannah service center in a ceremony attended by State Rep. Carl Gilliard of District 162; Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher, Capt. Jeremy Vickery of the Georgia State Patrol and others.

Gilliard presented Henderson with the Outstanding Georgia Citizen award.

“Bill has set an example for all drivers in our industry by achieving a perfect safety record of three million consecutive, accident-free miles,” said Tony Brooks, president of LTL business for XPO.

“We thank him for upholding our XPO values, and commend him for this exceptional milestone.”

Henderson’s philosophy is straight-forward and effective:

“Drive every day like it’s your first day, one mile at a time,” he said. “If you do that, every mile you cross is a safe mile for everyone.”

For his achievement, Henderson was given his own dedicated XPO truck with his name on the cab. While XPO retains ownership of the truck, it is exclusively for Henderson’s use and will not be driven by anyone else at the service center.

XPO is a global leader in transportation and logistics and the second largest provider of LTL service in North America. The company has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for 2017.

Next biggest ship on way

Last Tuesday, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship ever to transit the expanded locks of the Panama Canal.

Next Thursday, the Roosevelt, which began its voyage in Shanghai, will call on Savannah’s Garden City Terminal, eclipsing records set by previous container ships coming through the new locks.

With a capacity of 14,885 TEUs — or 20-foot equivalent container units — the ship measures 1,200 feet long with a beam of 158 feet. Picture four football fields placed end-to-end.

As have the previous Neopanamax ships — those designed to fit the canal’s new locks — the Roosevelt will call first on the Port of Virginia, then Savannah and Charleston. However, unlike those past sailings, the ship will then call on the Port of New York/ New Jersey, which recently completed a four- year, $1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet.

The Roosevelt’s arrival will mark the first time the nation’s third-largest port welcomes a ship larger than 9,500 TEUs.

In addition to the ship’s record-breaking capacity, the Roosevelt highlights the Panama Canal’s ability to reduce CO2 emissions compared to alternative routes. By traveling through Panama, the vessel saved 29,561 tons of CO2 in bypassing the Cape of Good Hope.

In its first year of operation, the Expanded Canal contributed to the reduction of 17 million tons of CO2 thanks to the shorter traveling distance and larger cargo carrying capacity that it offers to customers.

“Today’s transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the expanded canal, but also its impact on reshaping world trade,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said Tuesday.

Updates on the Roosevelt’s arrival will be posted on savannahnow.com as they become available.

Senior business reporter Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow. She can be reached at 912-652-0324 or at mary.mayle@savannahnow.com.

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Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.

TERMINAL VESSEL ETA

GCT VIENNA EXPRESS Today

GCT ASKLIPIOS Today

GCT NEVZAT KALKAVAN Today

GCT MSC CHARLESTON Today

GCT MARGARETE SCHULTE Today

GCT MAERSK WOLFSBURG Today

GCT MAERSK DENVER Today

GCT EVER LIFTING Today

GCT NYK METEOR Saturday

GCT MEMPHIS Saturday

GCT WASHINGTON EXPRESS Saturday

GCT NYK DENEB Saturday

GCT CMA CGM POINTE ALLEGRE Saturday

GCT BERLIN BRIDGE Saturday

GCT CMA CGM CENDRILLON Saturday

GCT MSC LUISA Saturday

GCT MATAQUITO Saturday

GCT EVER LISSOME Saturday

GCT AKTORAS Sunday

GCT ADAMASTOS Sunday

GCT MSC JOANNA Sunday

GCT BLANDINE Monday

GCT SAFMARINE MULANJE Monday

GCT YM ULTIMATE Monday

GCT OOCL CHONGQING Monday

GCT MOL MAXIM Monday

GCT MAERSK PITTSBURGH Monday

GCT MSC KALAMATA Monday

GCT ZIM SHANGHAI Monday

GCT CONTI CORTESIA Monday

GCT MSC NILGUN Tuesday

GCT BUXCOAST Tuesday

GCT ZIM ALABAMA Tuesday

GCT MAERSK KAWASAKI Tuesday

GCT MAERSK SEOUL Tuesday

GCT STADT GOTHA Wednesday

GCT MAERSK SENTOSA Wednesday

GCT PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS Wednesday

GCT HYUNDAI MERCURY Thursday

GCT WIDUKIND Thursday

GCT MAERSK KOWLOON Thursday

GCT NYK RUMINA Thursday

GCT CMA CGM T. ROOSEVELT Thursday

GCT PALENA Thursday

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