ABP Southampton Takes World-Largest Ship


The biggest containership in the world, the MSC Maya, made its maiden call at the Port of Southampton on December 15, 2015.

The 395.4 metre vessel, which can carry a world-leading 19,224 containers, is the latest giant container vessel to call at the port in recent weeks.

As well as being the biggest, the vessel uses cutting-edge technology to make it one of the greenest vessels on the sea.

It is the first of the four Oscar class vessels to call at the port’s container terminal.

The US$164 million new 500 metre berth at the container terminal is operated by DP World Southampton and was opened by Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie in March 2014.

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In October, 2015 the port saw the deepest draft departure yet when the MOL Quartz sailed to the Far East, followed by the deepest draught arrival on record with berthing of the CMA CGM Vasco de Gama last month.

Nick Ridehalgh, Director of ABP Southampton, said: “The arrival of the MSC Maya, together with our recent run of ultra large container vessels, is further evidence of Southampton’s ability to handle the world’s biggest ships.

“The port’s ability to handle these huge vessels, combined with our sector leading service levels, will ensure that Southampton continues to offer a compelling proposition to the market and remains at the vanguard of deep sea container capability.”

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