• 2019 August 12 13:27

    The world's largest container vessel transits the Suez Canal for the first time​

    The world's largest container vessel "MSC GULSUN" of 23,756 TEUs transited the Suez Canal for the first time​. Admiral Mameesh boards the ship and announces the unparalleled success of the New Suez Canal in raising the efficiency of its marine services, and the waterway's readiness to accommodate the future generations of vessels of the world fleet, the Suez Canal Authorty reports.

    Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal Economic Zone, announced today the successful transit of MSC GULSUN, the world's largest container vessel, on its first trip through the New Suez Canal. The Panamanian ship transited the Canal with the northbound convoy, heading to North Western Europe from the Port of XINGANG.

    Adm. Mameesh boarded the vessel to welcome the crew and see that the vessel transits safely, as well as being offered all the navigational safety measures; including assigning experienced pilots for its pilotage, as well as the necessary escorting tugs. And as per protocol in the Suez Canal Authority on receiving mega vessels transiting for the first time, Admiral Mameesh, presented the ship's master with a bouquet of flowers and the Suez Canal Authority's shield, wishing him and the crew a safe trip, and a smooth transit through the Suez Canal.

    In his remarks, Admiral Mameesh emphasized that the Suez Canal will remain the lifeblood of world trade as the largest and most advanced waterway thanks to the extent to which transit management keeps abreast of the latest updates in the field of maritime transport, a rapidly growing industry which calls for a professional approach on our side. His Excellency also referred to the continuous developmental projects of the waterway as well as the non-stop efforts to better the marine services provided and raising the capabilities of the existing manpower as a response to the constantly evolving industry.

    Admiral Mameesh also stressed the fact that the New Suez Canal, the most recent developmental project of the waterway that was inaugurated 4 years ago, came at a time where it was an absolute necessity to help with boosting the Canal's efficiency and its ability to accommodate the current and future generations of the world fleet vessels, especially the large container vessels that are growing in importance every day. Those vessels are the center of attention of global shipyards to benefit from economies of scale.

    On his part, Capt. Somma Lauro, master of the ship, expressed his appreciation for the effort exerted by the Suez Canal Authority to ensure the safe and smooth transit of the vessel, particularly as this vessel is the largest and most advanced of its kind, and due to the fact that its transit requires special measures given its enormous dimensions. He also asserted the extent to which he values the role of the SCA pilots during the vessel's transit through the Canal, and their professionalism and competence. He, finally, applauded the role of the New Suez Canal in benefiting global shipping lines in terms of reducing waiting and transit time significantly.

    The mega vessel is one of MSC's largest vessels. It is the first of its kind at 23756 TEUs, and among 11 sister vessels the shipping line has had under construction at the SAMSUNG and DAEWOO South Korean shipyards since 2017. The vessels are set for operations between the Far East and North-Western Europe via the Suez Canal as part of the AE 10/SILK service in collaboration with MAERSK LINE.

    The ship stands at 400 m. in length and a beam of 61.4 m., which is a little under the 62.1 m. of the maximum permissible beam in the Suez Canal, a draught of 16 m., and a gross tonnageof 232,000 tons. This vessel is of the "Megamax 24" class with a total capacity of 23000 TEUs, and the ability to stack 24 rows of containers on board as opposed to the previous class "Megamax 23" with a capacity ranging from 18000 to 20000 TEUs, and only 23 rows of TEUs. All this led to an increase in the vessels beam from 59 meters in the older class to 61.4 in the new one.

    This vessel's transit through the Suez Canal indeed is a new achievement to be added to the SCA's track record, and furthermore is directly reflected on its revenues and on world trade.




2019 November 21

17:50 Freeport of Riga Authority and province of Corrientes sign Protocol of Agreement to facilitate growth of Riga and Corrientes ports
17:23 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet takes course from Sri Lanka to Sevastopol
17:00 Two Sendo Liners to be entering the port of Amsterdam emission-free by 2020
16:45 Severnaya Verf lays down fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Group
16:28 Star Bulk reports Q3 net profit of $5.8 million
16:00 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
15:46 Danfoss Editron appoints Erno Tenhunen as new Marine Director
15:31 ECOsubsea gains further foothold in major European ports to become benchmark for sustainable effective hull cleaning
15:17 Baltic Sea Ports Administration reports readiness of 6 line and 7 port icebreakers for winter navigation season
15:00 Chart Industries joions to SEA\LNG coalition
14:38 Orolia Maritime unveils new PLB with Return Link System for 2020
14:21 Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to host 8th edition of ACI’s Ship Recycling Congress on 29-30 January 2020
14:09 Nexans to provide the 225 kV power export cables for one of the biggest offshore wind projects in France
13:50 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
13:28 Singapore’s First Women in Shipping Summit to be held on 20-21 April 2020
13:27 Oldendorff Carriers signs agreement with MIT on ship design
13:09 ZIM posts Q3 2019 results
12:46 5th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference to be held on 21-23 April 2020
12:35 Proman Stena Bulk and GSI sign deal for new methanol tankers
12:09 Port of Zeebrugge and Yugo sign MOU for cooperation in Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park
11:57 Nobel Brothers Shipyard launches small refrigerating trawler of Project Т30В, Vympel
11:09 MOL to build Japan's 1st LNG-fueled ferries : Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki
10:43 DNG Energy to commence LNG bunkering operations from Algoa Bay next year
10:09 Fincantieri and Ponant sign an MOA for the construction of 2 new-generation cruise ships
09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye
17:48 Cruise ship Mustay Karim returns from successful sea trials
17:06 ECOsubsea gets permission to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports
16:56 Tallinn Shipyard wins prestigious 2019 Safety4sea Europort Awards
16:19 Wärtsilä solutions chosen to upgrade efficiency and environmental performance of Norwegian fishing vessel
16:03 Oboronlogistics completed the delivery of inert materials and special equipment to the Novaya Zemlya
15:00 ESPO: TEN-T policy review must bring maritime links on equal footing with land links
14:09 RF Govt Transport Commission approved inclusion of 57 projects into comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
13:35 Ecosystem-based management and maritime spatial planning are furthered at HELCOM-VASAB meeting in St Petersburg
12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia
16:45 Gasum expands their maritime fuel supply by new Swedegas’ facility in the port of Gothenburg
16:24 IMO helps train future leaders in maritime policy
16:03 CSV Bourbon Oceanteam 101 extends charter contract with client for works in Angola
15:03 MSC appoints Soren Toft as CEO for container shipping & logistics
14:21 Shipment of half a billionth tonne of coal from Vostochny Port kicked off by Sergey Ivanov and Yevgeny Ditrikh