MSC’s second eco-friendly 24,116 TEU behemoth undocked

The second ultra-large containership with a capacity of 24,116 TEUs built for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been undocked in China.

Image credit: Hudong-Zhonghua

The ceremony took place on 11 October at Hudong-Zhonghua’s shipyard Changxingdao.

The newbuild is independently designed by Hudong-Zhonghua and classed by the classification society DNV.

It features a total length of 399.99 metres and a width of 61.5 metres. The maximum number of container layers is 2, which is equivalent to the height of 22 floors. The vessel can carry more than 240,000 tons of cargo, according to the company.

Photo: Hudong-Zhonghua

The containership encompasses a hybrid scrubbed desulfurization unit, a small bulbous bow, large diameter propellers and energy-saving ducts.

Furthermore, it is equipped with the bubble drag reduction system which is expected to reduce the total energy consumption and the corresponding total carbon emissions by 3% to 4%.

The shaft generator is also used for the first time, which can effectively reduce fuel consumption, optimize EEDI energy efficiency indicators and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the shipbuilder explains.

To remind, the first MSC’s ultra-large containership with a capacity of 24,116 TEUs was undocked at the same shipyard two months ago.

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