Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest container liner operator, will begin calling at the Port of Seattle next year.
Geneva-based MSC operates 278 vessels and had volume of 6.5 million TEUs in 2005.
The carrier will begin calling at Terminal 18 on Harbor Island in 2007, operated SSA Terminals. MSC tentatively plans to move to Terminal 30 in 2008, dependent on commission approval and completion of a project to return Terminal 30 to use as a container-handling facility under lease to SSAT. The two-berth cruise terminal currently located at Terminal 30 would be moved to Pier 91 under the proposal.
Port officials expect MSC to move 221,000 TEUs through Seattle in 2007.
In 2005 Seattle was the leading container port in the Pacific Northwest and the fifth-largest in North America with total volume of 2.088 million container TEUs.