WATCH: Rotterdam Welcomes Record-Breaking MSC Gülsün

Rotterdam 3 september 2019

The MSC Gülsün, the biggest containership in the world, has arrived at the quay of the APMT 2 terminal in the Port of Rotterdam. 

The vessel is 400 meters long and 61.55 m wide and has a capacity of 23,756 TEU. It is the first of eleven vessels that have 24 containers across the deck.

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This new class has been designed with a wide range of environmental, efficiency, stability and safety matters in mind.

It is the first container ship capable of transporting 24 containers side by side across the breadth of its hull. Furthermore, it can also result in a drastic cut in carbon emissions.

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Before arriving in Rotterdam it docked in the Port of Gdansk, Poland, and is expected to leave for Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia on 5 September, where it broke the TEU record in July 2019.

Hans Nagtegaal, Container Manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said, “Increased scale in container shipping is good for the Port of Rotterdam’s competitive position.

“With depths of 20 metres, we are convinced we can also welcome the 30,000 TEU vessels.

“The quays are also strong enough to accommodate larger cranes. Our immediate competitors don’t have anywhere near such depths,’ stated Nagtegaal.

“Two new, modern terminals were taken into operation on Maasvlakte 2 in early 2015: RWG and APMT MVII. But the other container terminals on Maasvlakte, ECT Delta and Euromax, are also equipped to receive these kinds of vessels,’

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