Watch: The world's biggest cargo ship barely clears suspension bridge as it hits the US east coast

 
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The world's largest cargo ship made its first visit to the East Coast of the US this week, barely clearing a suspension bridge as it sailed towards Savannah Port in Georgia.

The Cosco Development is 366m long, the length of three football pitches, with a top speed of 24.6 knots (more than 28mph). It was built by South Korean firm Hyundai and is owned by Seaspan Container Line.

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The mammoth vessel arrived yesterday at the Port of Virginia to a rapturous reception from awaiting crowds, leaving a queue of traffic in its wake as it took up the whole river.

Hundreds of tourists and workers watched as the Cosco Development steamed past, the US Army Corps of Engineers told DredgingToday.com.

John Milliken, chairman of the Virginia Port Authority’s board told The Virginian Pilot:

This is something that the port has been planning for for a decade.

Here's what it looks like when you're steering the ship:

And from the banks of the river:

It is a tight squeeze to fit the Cosco Development through one of the world's most famous canals.

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