Samsung Heavy delivers world’s largest containership at 23,000 teu

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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has completed the construction of the world’s largest containership at 23,000-teu for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The South Korean shipbuilder announced on Monday that the ship, MSC Gulsun, left its shipyard in Geoje on Saturday.

MSC Gulsun, measuring 400 metres long, 61.5 metres wide and 33.2 metres high, was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule, according to SHI.

The containership is equipped with exhaust gas cleaning system, or scrubber, to enable it to continue burning high-sulphur bunker fuel after January 2020 when the IMO global regulation will require bunker fuel sulphur content to be capped at 0.5%.

MSC Gulsun is set to embark on its maiden voyage on the Silk/AE10 service on 8 July from Xingang to reach Gdansk on 23 August.

In September 2017, container carrier MSC placed orders at SHI for the yard to build six of the giant boxships.

MSC has another five similar-sized boxships that are being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).