Friday, April 17, 2020

Port of Oakland to See Largest Ship Call to Date

By Karen Robes Meeks

The 19,200-TEU container ship MSC Anna berthed on April 16 at the Port of Oakland, marking the arrival as the largest vessel to call at the port.

The 1,312-foot-long vessel, which first stopped at Oakland International Container Terminal on the Oakland Estuary, was in Southern California collecting a backlog of empty containers before arriving in Oakland, where it will spend 24 hours unloading import containers and loading exports, according to the port.

“We’ve spent years, and millions of dollars keeping ahead of the pace of trade and the size of ships,” said Port Executive Director Danny Wan. “We’re ready for the MSC Anna and we’ll welcome her back any time.”

Before MSC Anna, the largest ship to come to Oakland was the CMA Benjamin Franklin, which can carry 18,000 TEUs, back in 2016.