Purchasing Managers Index climbs for 17th straight month to near 60 points, which corresponds to roughly 5% GDP growth.
Maersk unit will specialize in intra-America trade.
The 19,224-TEU "MSC Oscar" will operate between Asia and Europe.
Port director's tenure has seen projects to deepen harbor, raise Bayonne Bridge, expand marine terminals and intermodal rail.
Hueneme CEO says port could offer relief valve for congestion.
Consensus shows better growth than other parts of world.