On the Bridge of M/V MSC Cornelia Voy#: 215R – Pictured (L to R) CBP Officer Qadeer, CBP Officer Paz, CBP Inspt Howe, MSC – Capt. Viktor Barladejan, Sean Mahoney – PhilaPort, Joe Fox – PhilaPort and Ryan Mulvey – PhilaPort.

New MSC ScanBaltic Service Makes First Call to The Port of Philadelphia

April 19, 2022 - On Thursday, April 14, PhilaPort welcomed the maiden call of a new ocean liner service to The Port of Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The container ship M/V Cornelia is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) brand new ScanBaltic service.

MSC first announced the launch of the new weekly service connecting the ScanBaltic with the US East Coast in mid-March. MSC noted that it is the only carrier to provide a direct connection between the two regions, reducing transshipment for customers and providing expedited transit times.

The service offers Klaipeda to New York in 15 days; Gdynia in 13 days; and Goteborg to New York in 11 days, with no transshipment required between load and discharge ports, MSC said.

The new service gives U.S. shippers direct connections to Bremerhaven, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; and Klaipeda, Lithuania.

“A weekly Baltic call fits perfectly into our portfolio of services,” said Jeff Theobald, Executive Director & CEO of PhilaPort. “MSC is the largest container shipping company in the world. It is also the #1 carrier in The Port of Philadelphia. Cargoes to and from Germany are important. However, we are also excited that Scan Baltic gives us access to all the other Baltic countries for cargoes such as forest products and seafood.”

Philadelphia continues to play a major role in assisting international supply chains with alternate strategies to overcome worldwide logistics challenges.

“We are very thankful that we have additional capacity,” said Sean Mahoney, PhilaPort’s Director of Marketing. “Fortunately for us, we are adding space and equipment, which will allow many more services to call at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

SOURCE: The Port of Philadelphia and MSC