MSC Unveils 24,000 TEU Behemoth “MSC Turkiye”, One of The World’s Largest Container Vessels

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the biggest shipping firm in the world, has dubbed MSC Türkiye one of the most fuel-efficient and largest container vessels by design to date.

The naming ceremony was conducted on 30 October, the day that followed Republic Day, which marked the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

Image Credit: Screengrab from MSC Cargo video posted on X

The 61-meter-wide and 400-meter-long vessel stands out with the lowest carbon footprint per container transported and a massive reduction in CO2 emissions per transport work, per the firm.

On the occasion, the newest 24,000 TEU Celestino Maresca-class vessel made a maiden call at Asyaport, the largest transit container port of Türkiye. 

With investments in land, sea, rail, port, and storage facilities for the Turkish Republic, the MSC Türkiye family has accomplished several ‘firsts’ in 28 years of their journey. Today, they bear witness to another milestone. The authorities wish that MSC Türkiye, the largest container vessel in the world, fair winds and following seas, and the company keep serving and growing, contributing to a brighter future, explained Hasan Piroğlu, MSC Türkiye’s CEO.

The 241,000 dwt container vessel was constructed at the Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu shipyard based in China. It was successfully delivered to MSC in August 2023, data shared by VesselsValue reflects.

The box ship further incorporates innovative and environmentally friendly features like an air lubrication system and a hybrid scrubber system.

MSC has reportedly taken the delivery of multiple 24,000 TEU boxships until now in the current year, including the MSC Tessa, the MSC Raya, the MSC Irina, the MSC Celestino Maresca, and MSC Micol. The Switzerland-based container shipping major has the biggest order book in the industry, with more than 134 container vessels on order. The firm has 14 megamax vessels and 22 neo-panamax vessels on order and scheduled for delivery in 2023, per Alphaliner.

References: Offshore Energy

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