The Port of Philadelphia recently set a new record: the MSC Shuba B, a 1,083 foot long ship containing mostly South American fruit, was the largest container ship ever to dock at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.
“It’s a sign of more good things to come,” said Sean Mahoney, PhilaPort spokesman in a Philly.com article.
The increased size of the ship is due in large part to the Panama Canal expansion, which allows for larger container ships to pass through. The MSC Shuba B is listed at 12,238 TEUs, or 20-foot-equivalent units, and is longer than the height of the Comcast Center tower.
The projected influx of larger ships to the Port of Philadelphia will both grow the region’s economy and uphold the port’s status as a top emerging global logistics hub.