There seems to be no end to the vessel upsizing race. If in early July Evergreen held the record, when the Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding delivered the Ever Alot, a 24,004 TEU container ship, MSC has now set a new record.
As of yesterday, the world’s largest container ship ever to be put to sea officially belongs to Gian Luigi Aponte: the MSC Tessa. The vessel was floated out just a few days ago from the same shipyard that built the Ever Alot. The MSC Tessa is the same size as the Ever Alot. However, engineers have been able to further optimize space, gaining an additional 112 TEUs, thus enabling her to have a loading capacity of 24,116 TEUs.
The ship is expected to be delivered by the end of the year, It is the first of four new vessels that MSC has commissioned from the factory part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
Translation by Giles Foster