The largest container ship in the world arrived on Tuesday afternoon in the port of Rotterdam. The MSC Gülsün is no less than 400 meters long and 62 meters wide. The maximum capacity is 23,756 TEU, the standard unit for counting containers.
The vessel of shipping company MSC surpasses the OOCL Hong Kong, a container ship that was put into operation two years ago and at that time had a record capacity of 21,413 TEU.
Rotterdam can easily handle the enormous container ship, which can transport 24 containers side by side across the width. "In Hamburg they said it shouldn't get much bigger, but here it is: let it come," says spokesman Tie Schellekens of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Schellekens states that Tuesday is " business as usual ". "We have been dealing with very large container ships for about five years. The MSC Gülsün is 14 to 15 meters in the water. In Rotterdam we can handle ships up to 20 meters deep."
The largest port in Europe does not expect any problems with the ever-growing container ships in the near future. Schellekens says that the vessels should not become much wider. "Our cranes now have a reach of 65 meters. That is the only bottleneck."
MSC Gülsün is doing its first trip
The ship was built in South Korea and began its first voyage on July 8 from the Chinese port of Tianjin. The MSC Gülsün arrived in Europe on August 19. Before arriving in Rotterdam, the vessel docked in places such as Bremerhaven and Gdansk.
The MSC Gülsün can be found for a few days at the APM container terminal on the Second Maasvlakte. Loading and unloading of containers takes place on Wednesday. The ship has steel, furniture and chemicals on board.
After mooring in the Netherlands, the most western country on the route, the container ship returns to Asia. The vessel departs Thursday at 4 p.m. Those who want to see the MSC Gülsün should, according to Schellekens, best stand by the dunes of the Maasvlakte an hour after departure.
MSC wants to build another ten very large ships
MSC is planning to have another ten very large container ships built. The Swiss-based company points out that large ships generally emit less CO2 per container transported.
In addition, according to the shipping company, the bow of the MSC Gülsün is designed so that the ship minimizes wind resistance and therefore has a lower fuel consumption.
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