Mediterranean Shipping Company christened MSC Michel Cappellini, another ultra-large container vessel, in a ceremony on July 17 at the German port of Bremerhaven
The MSC Michel Cappellini is considered the world’s largest container ship together with sister ships MSC Irina and MSC Loreto
The 24,346-TEU newbuild ship arrived in the North Sea port on July 15 on its maiden voyage that began on May 30 in Ningbo, China as part of MSC’s AE6 Asia-Northern Europe service
The 400-meter-long, Celestino Maresca-class MSC Michel Cappellini join MSC’s fleet of 760 ships
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) christened another ultra-large container vessel, the MSC Michel Cappellini, in a ceremony on July 17 at the German port of Bremerhaven.
MSC Michel Cappellini is considered the world’s largest container ship together with sister ships MSC Irina and MSC Loreto.
The christening of the newbuilding at the Strom quay in Bremerhaven was led by top executives of Zurich-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world’s biggest commercial shipping operator, state and city officials, as well as port and business executives, the port said in a press statement.
The 24,346 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) newbuilding departed Ningbo, China, on May 30 for its maiden voyage on the MSC-operated AE6/Lion Asia-North Europe loop.
The MSC Michel Cappellini measures 400 meters long and 62 meters wide, according to details of the vessel shared by MSC in a sneak preview video on LinkedIn on July 16. It shares the same carrying capacity as the MSC Irina and MSC Loreto.
Built in 2023 by China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the MSC Michel Cappellini is considered of the crown jewels of MSC’s brand-new Celestino Maresca class of vessels, which has surpassed the Gülsün class to become the next innovative category of ultra-large container ships.
The Liberia-flagged containership has been classified and given route specific container storage class notation by DNV. The sea giant is International Maritime Organization TIER III compliant, which means its engines meet or exceed the stringent nitrogen oxide emission limits set by the International Maritime Organization by employing technologies to reduce emissions significantly and promote cleaner maritime operations in designated emission control areas.
MSC said a total of 14 vessels will join its new Celestino Maresca-class fleet, noting these are not only the “largest vessels” by total capacity of any shipping line but also the most fuel-efficient container ships by design.
MSC had a total fleet size of 760 ships that carried 22.5 million TEUs annually, according to estimates in 2022. It was also estimated that in May 2023, it had breached the 5 million-TEU total capacity.
In addition to the baptism ceremony, MSC, Bremen State Council and port officials signed a memorandum of understanding in which the Swiss shipping operator will require its ships to use offshore electricity while in the harbor to prevent carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The agreement was signed by Soren Toft, MSC chief executive; Kai Stührenberg, state councilor with the Senator for Economy, Ports and Transformation; and Bremenports’ Howe.
The featured artistic performances, speeches, as well as the ceremonial ribbon cutting and champagne bottle breaking, according to the MSC’s LinkedIn account.
“This is a great honor and at the same time a great acknowledgment from MSC to our ports,” Bremenports chief executive Robert Howe said at the ceremony, according to a statement by the Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven, the authority that manages the twin ports on Germany’s North Sea coast.
The signatories to the MOU agreed to work on the use of offshore power for MSC container ships docking at the port of Bremerhaven. They also agreed that the electricity to be provided will come from renewable energy sources.
“This is a first step towards emission-free shipping and decarbonization of MSC companies’ business,” according to the Ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven press statement.
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