Philadelphia’s Port Welcomes its Largest Containership


Port of Philadelphia in the US has released a video of the moment it received its largest containership to ever call at the port on January 14, 2018.

On its journey from Chile and Peru, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)’s 11,000-TEU MSC Avni became the largest ship ever to sail up the Delaware River.

It was built in 2017 and is 314 metres in length and 48 metres in width.

With the 103-mile deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel to 45 feet from 40 feet nearly completed, bigger ships are coming to Philadelphia through the expanded Panama Canal.

Learn more about how to increase the capacity of ports at Port Technology's Container Terminal Automation Conference on March 14 – 15, 2018 – London, UK

Port of Philadelphia recently announced that it will receive two super post-Panamax gantry cranes, as large as any in the world, in early March to increase capacity so that it can receive more ships that are the size of MSC Avni.

The first two cranes, as big as any in New York Harbor, are on their way from Shanghai, China.

Port officials recently announced the $23.5 million purchase of two additional new Panamax-size container gantry cranes, which will arrive in April 2019, and enable Philadelphia to double container cargo volumes and create jobs.

The changes came after the Wolf administration pledged $300 million, the first major capital investment in four decades for terminal improvements, wharves, warehouses, and cranes. The state is landlord and owner of 16 piers and terminals on the Delaware River.

Read more: The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the US, has released footage of the largest COSCO containership to ever visit North America berthing at its Pacific Container Terminal (PCT) on November 22, 2017

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