Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea and delivered in August 2019, MSC Isabella is the sister ship of MSC Gulsun, the world's largest container ship, and forms part of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC.
However in a race which has seen ever larger box ships successively exchange titles the Isabella sets a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance.
At around 400 metres long and 61 metres wide, MSC Isabella can carry 23,656 TEU and is significantly longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies moving goods on MSC's services between Asia and Europe to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains. Included in that TEU tally MSC Isabella can carry more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe.
A ceremony held recently at the Port of Felixstowe marked the first time that MSC has officially named a container ship in the UK.
Dan Everitt, managing director at MSC UK, commented: 'When I first joined MSC in 1984 at just 17 years old, the largest MSC vessel at that time was the MSC Alexandra at 650 TEU. The MSC Isabella is more than 23,000 TEU larger which just shows the sheer scale and growth of MSC and the maritime industry over the past three decades.'
The ship features a remarkable approach to energy efficiency with the shape of the bow designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering minimises wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption. She is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and has the option of switching to low-sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas in the future, which complies with an upcoming marine fuel regulation in 2020, reports London's Handy Shipping Guide.