Watch: Haifa Port Mega-Ship Record Broken

 15 May 2017 10.13am

MSC has set a new record for the biggest container ship ever to dock in Israel after MSC Cristina sailed into Haifa Port.

Haifa Port saw MSC Cristina, with a capacity of 13,259 TEU, dock at its recently upgraded Carmel Terminal on May 12, 2017.

It serves Maersk and MSC’s 2M Alliance weekly service that links the ports of South Korea, China and Singapore to Israel and the Adriatic.

Previously a Maersk ship had been the largest to dock in an Israel port after 13,092 TEU-containership Maersk Elba visited Haifa on February 2, 2017.

Maerk Elba, dubbed the first Isra-max, was followed by several other Maersk megaships.

In order to prepare for the arrival of such vessels, Carmel Terminal Operators built new Kocks STS cranes on dock alongside six existing cranes. The new cranes are able to transport 20 + 1 lines of containers across the ship.

MSC Cristina was unloaded by four STS cranes able to move an average of 120 containers per hour.

Operators also added three new Konecranes RMG cranes to the storage area of the terminal, bringing the total number of cranes to 18.

Eshel Armony, Haifa Port Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "Haifa port in currently the only port in Israel that can host such large vessels, both in terms of infrastructure and operational efficiency. To watch a ship as the MSC Cristina enters our Carmel Terminal makes me feel very proud".

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