MSC Gulsun docks at the Tianjin Port Pacific International Container Terminal in north China’s Tianjin, July 8, 2019.
TIANJIN, July 8 — MSC Gulsun, the world’s biggest container vessel by occupying capacity, set cruise from north China’s port city of Tianjin on Monday, heading for northwestern Europe.
With a maximum load of 224,986.4 tonnes, MSC Gulsun is capable of transporting 23,756 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), according to Jonathan Zhu, managing director of Greater China for the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the operator of the ship.
The vessel, 399.9 meters long and 61.5 meters wide, is arranged to arrive in northwestern Europe after visiting various ports including Algeciras, Kaliningrad, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Qingdao and Shanghai.
Yu Lei, general manager of China Ocean Shipping Agency Tianjin Co. Ltd.
Said, its cargo during the maiden voyage include chemicals, steel and furniture.
Zhu said the ship chose to start its maiden voyage at Tianjin Port, as it is a significant entry port of northern China that boasts broad waterways and good berthing condition.
Trade links with over 180 countries and regions, the port now plays a vital role in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Its container throughput reached 8.33 million tons in the first half of this year, a year-on-year growth of 6.7 percent, higher than the normal growth of Chinese ports.
The ship was built by Samsung Heavy Industries, the shipbuilding associate of Samsung Group of the Republic of Korea.