The largest container vessel to ever dock at the Port of New Orleans, the Mediterranean Shipping Co.'s Barbara, made its inaugural port call at the Nashville Avenue Wharf on Jan. 28, the port said in a statement.
The vessel the largest in the carrier's European service. Stevedoring services are being provided by P&O Ports of Louisiana.
The MSC Barbara operates as part of MSC's weekly service between Europe, U.S. Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic ports.
The vessel; which has a displacement of 73,819 gross tons; is 997 feet long, with a 131 foot beam and a container capacity of 6,724 TEUs, about 50 percent larger than any boxship to have called the Port of New Orleans.
"The MSC Barbara is in the largest class of container vessels operating in the world," said Gary LaGrange, executive director and chief executive of the Port of New Orleans. "Our facilities are capable of handling the latest generation of container ships."
The Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is scheduled to open this spring, will accommodate the Barbara and similar-sized ships. It is adjacent to the Nashville Avenue Wharf.