Important Milestone for PRPA
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) announced that the MSC JUDITH, the largest container vessel to ever call the Port of Philadelphia, experienced a successful visit to PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on Sunday, November 17.
The Packer Avenue Marine Terminal is operated by Holt Logistics Corporation, with labor provided by ILA Local 1291.
The 8089-TEU capacity MSC JUDITH was a particularly dramatic sight along Packer Avenue’s marginal berth that day, as it discharged containers that held a variety of general cargoes. This was the first time that the MSC JUDITH, a vessel belonging to regular port customer Mediterranean Shipping Company, visited the Port of Philadelphia.
The MSC JUDITH’s visit followed stops at several ports in northern Europe.
“I was very happy to hear that everyone involved in our operations- terminal operator Holt Logistics, our ILA labor force, and our PRPA marketing personnel- all worked together to bring about a smooth, efficient operation while the MSC Judith was in port,” said PRPA Chairman Charles G. Kopp. “In the near future, more vessels of this size and beyond will be visiting the Port of Philadelphia due to our current deepening of the Delaware River’s main channel to 45 feet, so it was gratifying to see that we already have the landside chops to handle these large vessels.”
PRPA Senior Marketing Representative Dominic O’Brien visited the MSC JUDITH that day, along with representatives of Holt Logistics and other maritime industry personnel. All expressed goodwill to the vessel’s officers and crew.