Spotted: First 20,000+ TEU Boxship Giant Calls Rotterdam Port
The 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph arrived at the quay of Rotterdam World Gateway at Maasvlakte 2 on May 19. This was the first time that a containership with a capacity of over 20,000 TEU called the Port of Rotterdam.
MOL Triumph is the first of three ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) that will be calling Rotterdam over the next few weeks, the port said.
Handed over to Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) in March this year, the boxship is deployed in THE Alliance’s FE2 service between Asia and Europe.
On June 10, Rotterdam expects to welcome Madrid Maersk which has a cargo capacity of 20,568 TEU.
Rotterdam’s container sector marked an 8.8 percent growth in TEU volumes in the first quarter of 2017. The new terminals at Maasvlakte 2 are starting to pick up steam, and shipping lines have moved sizeable volumes of cargo that they had begun to transport via different locations in late 2015-early 2016 back to Rotterdam again, according to the port.