Tanjung Pelepas and MSC Break TEU Record


The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), Malaysia, has once again broken the record for vessel utilization record after the MSC Gulsun, the largest container ship in the world, left with 19,574 TEU on July 28, 2019.

The milestone means PTP has broken the record three times in a row and has become the first port in the world to set back-to-back records for container vessel utilization.

The previous record, which PTI reported on, was only set in June 2019, when the Maersk Monaco left dock with 19,284 TEU on board.

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That had broken the record, also set at PTP in August 2018, by another Maersk vessel, the Mumbai Maersk, which carried 19,038 TEU.

PTI spoke exclusively to Marco Neelsen, CEO, PTP, in January 2019 in a Q&A which touched the Port’s journey to becoming Asia’s most technologically advanced.

In a statement on the latest milestone, Neelsen hailed PTP’s growth an ability to receive the biggest ships in the world.

“PTP has the capacity and capability to accommodate mega size vessels because it is fitted out with the right facilities and equipment,” he said.

“The port is designed for the latest generation of container vessels to handle huge volumes. Strategic investment in our equipment and facilities is continuing progressively.

“Our equipment upgrading and expansion program will ensure that PTP can keep up with the rapid changes of port and shipping industry and subsequently meet the growing demand of our customers.”    

Neelsen will speak at PTI’s Smart Digital Ports of the Future (#SDP19) Conference in Rotterdam from 6-8 November, 2019.

The 400 metre-long MSC Gulsun has a total capacity of 23,756 TEU and is the first of a batch of six ultra-large container vessels ordered by MSC, the second-biggest carrier in the world by market share.

It is fitted with the latest smart and eco-friendly technology, focusing on low-carbon, energy and operational efficient state-of-the-art system.    

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