Suez Canal welcomes the world's largest containership
THE world's largest containership, HMM Algeciras, passed through the Suez Canal early this week as the record-setting 24,000 TEU class vessel makes its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe
THE world's largest containership, HMM Algeciras, passed through the Suez Canal early this week as the record-setting 24,000 TEU class vessel makes its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe.
Built in South Korea at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering's (DMSE) Okpo shipyard, the 399.9-metre HMM Algeciras has a capacity of 23,964 TEU and is the first of 12 vessels of the same class, design and size contracted to be built by DSME and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).
The mega ship was delivered in April and is deployed on Far East Europe 4 (FE4) service, one of the Asia-North Europe trade lanes of THE Alliance, with its port rotation starting at Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, then Singapore via Suez Canal.
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman, Admiral Osama Rabie said a number of highly experienced SCA pilots were assigned to provide the required navigation aids, like escort tug boats, and real-time monitoring of the transit from the Main Traffic Control Office, and various traffic control stations, as the Panamanian-flagged containership transited among the south convoy, via the New Suez Canal, heading from Yantian to Rotterdam, reports New York's MarineLink.