Europe turns its gaze to the largest ship in the world: A closer look at the MSC Loreto

The huge ship MSC Loreto with an unprecedented capacity of 24,346 TEU calls at Europe’s top ports this week. This remarkable ship captivated and amazed onlookers when it arrived at APMT 2 in the Prinses Amaliahaven in the Port of Rotterdam on Wednesday morning, May 24th.

MSC Loreto has secured the prestigious title of world’s largest container ship by capacity, surpassing her predecessor OOCL Spain (24,188 TEU). MSC Loreto proudly shares this award with her sister ship, MSC Irina.

The ship was delivered to China’s Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (Bocomm Leasing) and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company in April by Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group.

The container ship has an overall length of 399.99 meters and a width of 61.3 meters. The ship’s deck area is a whopping 24,000 square meters, which is equivalent to 3.5 standard soccer fields. It has been classified by DNV.

The ship features several innovative energy-saving features, including a small bulbous bow, large-diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts.

Data from VesselsValue shows that the vessel is owned by Seaspan Corporation and that MSC is the operator of the vessel.

The famous MSC Loreto continued her voyage and reached the busy port of Antwerp, Belgium last night. The ship’s destination was the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) at the Deurganckdock.

MSC Loreto sets sail on April 19 from Ningbo, China on her maiden voyage and embarks on a remarkable journey that leaves one in awe. A crew of 25 qualified professionals ensures the smooth operation of the ship and guarantees the safe and efficient transport of a wide range of goods.

After visiting Antwerp, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges offers maritime enthusiasts the exclusive opportunity to experience the splendor of the MSC Loreto up close.

Five remarkable tours were organized by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges on Saturday 27 May, giving 750 lucky people the chance to view the impressive ship from the water. The enthusiasm for this unique experience was so great that all places were booked within a few hours, the port said.

“Record-breaking ship calls at our port continue to capture the imagination. That is why we are proud today to welcome the MSC Loreto. This shows that our port can accommodate the largest container ships. Antwerp is thus well positioned for further size expansions. Our goal as a port is to continue to grow sustainably while always having our finger on the pulse of the global economic situationsaid Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

“The interest in the arrival of the new record-breaking ship MSC Loreto confirms that the activities in the port of Antwerp continue to capture the imagination of the general public.” Marc Beerlandt, CEO MSC Belgium added.

“The commitment of our MSC employees, the productivity of the Antwerp dockers, the support of the industrial structure inside and outside the port area and the excellent cooperation with the port authorities of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges create an excellent support base for the further development of our company.”

MSC Loreto is scheduled to set sail for Felixstowe, UK on May 28th.

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