MSC is launching a route between Oakland and Southeast Asia from November, marking the fourth first call service the US West Coast port has landed this year, as congestion persists in San Pedro Bay.
The weekly Sentosa service will link Oakland with ports in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
First calls are where ships make their initial US stop after sailing from Asia. The majority of US import cargo – usually time sensitive – is discharged at first ports of call.
According to the port, imports make up 55% of Oakland’s loaded container volume in 2021, compared to a 50-50 split in most years, reflecting the port’s growing first call business.
The port added that cargo owners can use the Sentosa service to avoid sending cargo through Southern California ports, with over sixty ships a day anchor outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach awaiting berths and facing delays of up to two weeks.
So far this year, the port has attracted first call services from CMA CGM, Matson, and Wan Hai Lines.