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Singapore welcomes the world’s largest container ship

PortandTerminal.com, November 11, 2019

Its length exceeds that of the Eiffel Tower and it can transport the equivalent of about 384 million pairs of shoes

SINGAPORE – The 23,656 TEU MSC Isabella made its maiden call at the Port of Singapore on November 10, 2019, becoming the largest containership to visit this port to date.

The ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) is one of the eleven new ships from Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Gülsün-class of boxships. The Gülsün-Class is currently the world’s largest series of containerships.

Featuring a length of 400 meters and a width of 61 meters, the newbuild can carry up to 24 rows of containers, with a height of 13 tiers on deck. Its length exceeds that of the Eiffel Tower and it can transport the equivalent of about 384 million pairs of shoes.

Aside from its capacity, the vessel is also equipped to carry more than 2,000 refrigerated containers.

PSA Singapore’s container terminal is MSC Isabella’s first port-of-call in Asia after sailing back from Europe. Delivered to MSC by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in August 2019, the vessel started sailing from the Qingdao port on August 28 and has now completed its first round-trip between Asia and Europe.

“Our biggest and most energy-efficient ships are being deployed on the Asia-Europe trade, which demonstrates our continued commitment to this largest and busiest trade corridor.

YJ Tan, Regional Managing Director for MSC Asia Regional Office in Singapore

Deployed on MSC’s Swan service, the vessel will next call at the Port of Hong Kong after leaving Singapore.

MSC Isabella belongs to the series of the most energy-efficient ships in MSC’s fleet of container vessels, with the lowest carbon footprint per container carried by design. A combination of the latest green technologies and greater economies of scale have helped reduce energy requirements over time, according to MSC.

The Gülsün-Class vessels feature an optimized shape of the ship’s bulbous bow and rudder bulb to lower resistance while sailing and improve energy efficiency

Some of the features include the optimized shape of the ship’s bulbous bow and rudder bulb lower resistance while sailing, further enhancing energy efficiency.

MSC Isabella is also fitted with an IMO-approved hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and has the option of switching to low-sulphur fuel or to be adapted for LNG use in the future, complying with the upcoming IMO sulphur cap 2020.

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