Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a world leader in transportation and logistics, announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China.

Built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at its Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added to MSC’s 2019-2020 global shipping network. The vessel is equipped with an IMO-approved hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and has the option of switching to low sulphur fuel or to be adapted to operate LNG in the future.

“MSC Gülsün’s improved energy efficiency and fuel economy ensure that MSC is on track to meet international 2030 environmental policy targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of time, building on a 13% improvement in CO2 emissions per ton of cargo moved already achieved across the MSC fleet between 2015 and 2018.” – said MSC.

The new containership has a record-size capacity of 23,756 TEU and measures 400 m long and over 60 m wide. The vessel is equipped with more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe.

During its maiden voyage, the ship set sail from the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia with a record-setting 19,574 TEUs loaded before making its way through the Suez Canal towards Europe.

Ensuring crew and cargo safety is MSC’s number 1 priority. This new class of ships is equipped with double hull protection around the engine, as well as a 3D hull condition assessment program. A new dual-tower fire-fighting system with high-capacity pumps has been installed to further enhance the safety of seafarers onboard and protect cargo carried across the whole deck of the ship.

MSC Gülsün is the first in a series of 11 such vessels. In total, SHI will deliver six of the new class of ships, while Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is constructing the other five, also in South Korea.

MSC Gülsün together with her 10 sister ships are also all designed to meet the next steps in digital shipping. Enabling fast data transmission to shore and connection for smart containers help make the shipping experience more transparent, safe and reliable for our customers.