THE BIGGEST BOXSHIP IN THE WORLD, JOINS THE PANAMANIAN SHIP REGISTRY
The Panama International Ship Registry adds to its world record ship roll, the MSC GÜLSÜN, the biggest boxship ever built, under IMO number 9839430. It is also the first ship featuring 24 rows across, adding 1,500 extra container capacity compared to the traditional container vessels, to widen its cargo capacity.
For the recently appointed Minister of Maritime Affairs, Noriel Araúz, who is a Naval Architect, this new registration backs up the commercial line that unites the First Registry in the World (Panama) with more than 8 thousand ships under its flag, and MSC Company, which is the second container transportation company in the world, by operating a fleet of more than 519 cargo ships, with a reception amount of 3,2 million TEUs (standard measure equivalent to a 20 feet container).
“During this five-year period, we shall be focused in prioritizing innovation and modernization. Therefore, with this new acquisition, we can say we are starting an initial restructuration with steady stride, in order to keep expanding and potentiate Panama’s Merchant Marine, for the benefit of the Panamanian people and of the world maritime commerce” declared Minister Araúz.
This sea giant, has impressive dimensions: 400 meters length, 61,5 meters width, 11.5 meters of openwork, 210,000 of gross tonnage, and 197,500 deadweight tonnage. It reaches a speed of 15,0 up until 25,1 knots. It is fully equiped with Sulphur Dioxide (SOx) filters.
MSC GÜLSÜN inauguration trip, is scheduled for July 8, departing from the Xingang Port (China) towards North Europe. It shall operate as connection between the North Europe-Far East-route, under the alliance frame integrated with Maersk.
This boxship is the first of 11 ships to break records due to their size, and they are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries Korean Shipyard under MSC’s request.