Friday, March 23, 2012


(Spectators line the shores of the Oakland Alameda Estuary at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, Calif. to watch the MSC Fabiola container ship make its way to the dock at the Port of Oakland Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The Fabiola is the largest ship to enter the San Francisco Bay.) The MSC Fabiola, the largest container ship to pay call at any seaport in North America, arrived at the Port of Oakland on Thursday, March 21, 2012. The ship is 1,201 feet long, more than the length of four football fields, has a breadth of 158 feet, weighs 146,093 metric tons and has a top speed of 25.3 knots. The Fabiola was piloted by several San Francisco Bar Pilots, Capt. Dave McCloy, of Berkeley, and Capt. Ed Melvin. Also aboard to observe was U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Cynthia Stowe. The ship came from the Port of Long Beach and will depart again on Thursday for an 18-day voyage back to China. SEE SLIDE SHOW HERE
(The container ship MSC Fabiola enters the San Francisco Bay as it heads to the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif. The ship is almost a quarter mile long, more than the length of four football fields or about equal to the height of a 55-story building. It is the largest container ship ever to dock at any seaport in North America.) LINK

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