MSC Gulsun, the world’s largest
container vessel by carrying capacity, set sail from north China’s port city of
Tianjin on Monday, July 8, 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 scheduled to arrive in northwestern Europe after visiting
various ports including Qingdao, Shanghai, Algeciras, Gdansk, Kaliningrad and
Its cargo during the maiden voyage
includes steel, furniture and chemicals, said Yu Lei, general manager of China
Ocean Shipping Agency Tianjin Co. Ltd.
Zhu said the ship chose to start
its maiden voyage at Tianjin Port, as it is an important gateway port of
northern China that boasts broad waterways and good berthing condition.
With trade links with over
180 countries and regions, the port now plays an important role in the China-proposed
Belt and Road Initiative. Its container throughput reached 8.33 million tonnes
in the first half of this year, a year-on-year growth of 6.7 percent, higher
than the average growth of Chinese ports.
The ship was built by Samsung
Heavy Industries, the shipbuilding affiliate of Samsung Group of the Republic