MSC welcomes another 24,000 TEU juggernaut into its fleet

Yangzi Xinfu Shipyard, a subsidiary of Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, has hosted a delivery ceremony for the fourth 24,000 TEU containership built for Swiss shipping major MSC Group and China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Illustration; Image credit: Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group

As disclosed, the mega boxship MSC Mariella was delivered on 26 June at the company’s yard in China. The vessel features 399.9 meters in length and has a breadth of 61.3 meters. The ship’s depth is 33.5 meters.

According to the shipbuilder, the feeder is equipped with deeply optimized lashing system. It also boasts energy-saving measures such as an air lubrication system, a shaft generator, and wind resistance reduction optimization. 

To remind, last month, MSC also welcomed another 24,000 TEU containership MSC Gemma from Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group. The delivery of the sea giant follows the vessel’s completion of sea trials at the beginning of May.

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MSC’s fleet build-up efforts have paved the way for the liner major to become the first ocean carrier to surpass a staggering 5 million TEU in fleet capacity.

The liner major has effectively doubled the size of its fleet in just eight and a half years, solidifying its position as a prominent force within the maritime sector. Namely, MSC has purchased 306 containerships with a capacity of 1.2 million TEU since August 2020. what is more, the Swiss-based container shipping giant has the largest orderbook by far in the industry with around 130 containerships on order.

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