On 23 July 2019, YANTIAN celebrated the maiden call of the “MSC Gulsun”, the world's largest container vessel, with a carrying capacity of 23,756 TEU. Measuring 400 meters long and 62 meters wide, the 230,000-DWT vessel is the largest one come on stream in the global shipping market.
The “MSC Gulsun” is the first of the eleven 23,000-TEU vessels under the liner’s vessel fleet delivered to be followed by the other ten mega-vessels of the same class. This vessel type features optimised design to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The vessel is deployed as part of the liner’s Asia–Europe service, taking 36 days to complete the service route. YANTIAN is its last port-of-call in China. It will then sail to Europe via Port of Palapas, Malaysia. During its call at YANTIAN, it used shore power provided by the terminal’s shore power system and a total of 4,200 TEU were handled.
The handling of mega-vessels is a monumental undertaking, made possible only through a select few ports with advantageous deep-water berths and advanced operating capabilities. With its 20 deep-water container berths and 17.6-metre draft, YANTIAN can accommodate the world’s largest container vessels. Its state-of-the-art terminal facilities and excellent handling capacity has made it a preferred port-of-call for mega-vessels.
YANTIAN, in cooperation with MSC, held an event to celebrate this landmark occasion with approximately 100 guests including customers and representatives from the government and port supervisory authorities in attendance. Xu Xiaoyang, Deputy Managing Director of YANTIAN attended the ceremony.