MSC raises the bar with undocking of 24,116 TEU mega boxship

A 24,116 TEU capacity ultra-large container ship built for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest shipping carrier by container ship capacity operated, was undocked at Hudong Shipyard -Zhonghua in China.

Courtesy of Hudong-Zhonghua

The ship, considered to be the world’s largest container ship to date, was undocked on August 1 at the shipbuilder’s Changxing Shipbuilding Base.

Said to represent a new record for Hudong-Zhonghua, the container ship named MSC Tessa exceeds the recently delivered 24,000 TEU class Ever Alot by 112 TEUs.

Together, the two ships indicate the rise in construction of the world’s ultra-large container ships led by Chinese shipbuilders.

The new construction is independently designed by Hudong-Zhonghua and has a total length of 399.99 meters and a width of 61.5 meters.

It will be equipped with a hybrid desulfurization unit, a small bulbous bow, large diameter propellers and energy-saving ducts.

At the same time, the vessel uses the Bubble Drag Reduction System which reduces total energy consumption and corresponding total carbon emissions by 3% to 4%.

The shaft generator is also used for the first time, which can effectively reduce fuel consumption, optimize EEDI energy efficiency indicators and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says the shipbuilder.

The vessel is the first in a series of four 24,116 TEU container ships ordered by MSC and is expected to be completed and delivered this year.

In company news, last July MSC’s subsidiary, MSC Shipmanagement Limited of Cyprus, signed a framework agreement with Quadrise, the supplier of MSAR and bioMSAR, to test the use of low carbon content on one or more container ships.

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