MSC christens its largest container ship in Germany

MSC hosted a christening of its largest container ship MSC Michel Cappellini at the MSC Gate Terminal in Bremerhaven, Germany.

The container ship has a container capacity of 24,346 TEU, is 400 meters long and 61.5 meters wide.

The ship features a small bulbous bow, large-diameter propellers and energy-saving ducts that will help further reduce fuel burn and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

MSC Michel Cappellini and her sister ships are also equipped with an air lubrication system to reduce hull drag and shaft generators to generate additional power.

Before the christening, the Swiss-Italian shipping company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Free and Hanseatic Cities of Bremen and Hamburg and their ports and agreed on the use of shore power for MSC ships in both ports.

In his welcome speech, MSC CEO Soren Toft emphasized the importance of Bremerhaven for MSC as a European freight hub: “The ports in Bremen are such an important freight hub for us in Germany and North West Europe. It is truly a strategic location for MSC and home to over 370 of our colleagues. However, our connection to Germany goes beyond trade. This is the third christening of an MSC ship since 2015 and the second in Bremerhaven. It is therefore no wonder that we continue to grow together with our customers in Germany.”

Soren continued: “Efficiency and innovation are two drivers that led to the development of the MSC Michel Cappellini. Through innovation, we aim to push the boundaries of what is possible and surpass our own industry-breaking milestones – a process of continuous evolution. Both as a family business and as a leader in our industry, we are very aware of MSC’s key role in decarbonizing the logistics value chain and the benchmark we set for others in our industry.”

The blessing of the ship was carried out by Provost Dr. Bernhard Stecker, who has headed the Bremen Catholic Community Association since 2019 and is head of the Bremen Catholic Office, the liaison office between the Catholic Church and the Bremen Senate and the Bremen Parliament. After the blessing, Godmother Cindy-Jo Cappellini performed the christening of the ship by cutting the ribbon and smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull.

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