Samsung Heavy Delivers World’s Largest Containership to MSC

The world’s largest containership was delivered to the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) from South Korea last week.

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Samsung Heavy Industries said that the unit is the first from a batch of six 23,000 TEU-class vessels ordered by MSC in September 2017. The company has another five such ships on order at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).

Named MSC Gulsun, the 400-meter-long containership was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Samsung Heavy.

With a width of 61.5 meters and a height of 33.2 meters, the unit can carry 23,756 20ft containers and represents the largest vessel built for the container shipping industry to date.

It is equipped with a next-generation smart dispensing system and exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).

According to data provided by VesselsValue, MSC is the second of the top five vessel owning companies with ULCVs greater than 20k TEU on order, by number, TEU and value.

Hyundai Merchant Marine took the lead with 12 vessels, featuring a total of 276,000 dwt, while the third place belong to French shipping major CMA CGM, that has 9 giant ships, with a total of 198,000 dwt, currently on order.

ULCVs greater than 20k TEU

World Maritime News Staff