On the U.S. West Coast, megaships are defined as container ships capable of handling more than 13,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) — a standardized maritime industry measurement used when counting cargo containers of varying lengths. Megaships may also be referred to as post-Panamax ships, and shipping lines are increasing the use of these vessels due to size and efficiency. The Port of Los Angeles is currently in the midst of a 10-year, $2.6 billion infrastructure investment program aimed at raising the bar for cargo efficiency, and has updated its infrastructure by deepening harbor channels, extending crane reach, and increasing backland to service these behemoths, which carry more cargo and make fewer calls. Megaships increase supply chain velocity and improve the region’s air quality. In the case of megaships at America’s Port®, bigger definitely means better.
To date, the Port of Los Angeles has welcomed nearly 300 megaships – more than any port in North America. Featured below are 10 of the megaships that have called at the Port of Los Angeles since 2015.