World’s largest container ship launched in China

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has launched what is claimed to be the world’s largest containership, which has a capacity of 24,116TEU.

The new MSC Tessa was floated out of her building dock at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s Changxing Shipbuilding Base, located on Shanghai’s Changxing Island, on 1 August.

With a capacity of 24,116TEU, MSC Tessa will surpass Evergreen’s Ever Alot by 112 TEU to take the title of the world’s largest containership.

Ever Alot, the world’s first 24,000TEU containership, was also built by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding and was only delivered in June to a subsidiary of Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corporation.

MSC Tessa measures 399.99m by 61.5m and is one of four ultra-large containerships on order at Hudong Zhonghua for Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world’s largest container shipping operator. She is due to be delivered later this year.

MSC’s fourth newbuilding also recently entered the building dock, joining the second and third ships which are already under construction.

CSSC, which is a major shipbuilder for China’s PLA Navy, said MSC Tessa and the three other newbuilds, which will be classed by DNV, are designed independently by MSC.

The ships are fitted with hybrid scrubber desulfurization units, small bulbous bows, large diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts, while a new bubble drag reduction system reduces total energy consumption by up to four per cent.

A new shaft generator system that can effectively reduce fuel consumption, optimize EEDI energy efficiency indicators, and reduce GHG emissions.

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