A new and larger capacity class of shipping vessels is calling on the Port of Philadelphia.

On Oct. 17, the Monte Rosa made its first call to the port by docking at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in south Philadelphia.

New, larger ships begin calling on Philadelphia portThe ship is the first in a new series of vessels to begin service between the east coasts of South America and North America, according to a news release.

It possesses a capacity of 5,562 TEU (20-foot equivalent units) and its arrival marks a substantial expansion of existing refrigerated cargo capacity between the two continents, according to the release.

“The Monte Rosa represents the next generation of refrigerated cargo ships to dock in Philadelphia,” David Whene, president of Greenwich Terminals LLC, which operates the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, said in the release.

“As the first of several 5,500 TEU ships to be phased into the existing East Coast-Brazil service line, this vessel will greatly increase our capacity to deliver fresh South American produce to the Philadelphia market and beyond.”

Operated by Hamburg Sud, the Monte Rosa is one of 10 Monte-branded class vessels.

Of its on-board capacity, 1,356 slots include refrigerated container plugs for transporting perishable cargo, according to the release.

The ship is the first of seven vessels with more than 5,500 TEUs to begin weekly service between South America and the U.S.

Calling on the port for the past four decades, Hamburg Sud is one of the port’s long-time ocean operator partners.