A Zim London cargo ship, in 2014. Photo by Bloomberg
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Pro-Palestinian protesters prevent an Israeli-owned commercial vessel from docking at the port of Oakland over the weekend, forcing the ship to remain at sea.

Thousands of activists carried signs reading "Gaza will be free," "Boycott. Divest, Sanction" and "Resist Zionism and Imperialism" rallied at the port entrance, forcing the Zim Integrated Shipping Services vessel, identified as the Pireus, to remain off the California coast.

The protesters said port workers were honoring their picket lines. The port's spokeswoman told the San Francisco Chronicle: "It's my understanding that labor did not report to work for the 7 P.M. shift at the Oakland International Terminal. All other port operations are unaffected."

Zim, established in 1945, is one of the largest container shipping companies in the world.