World’s largest container ship on its way to Europe

HMM’s new 24,000 TEU-class container ship HMM Algeciras has left Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje, Korea for its maiden voyage. The world’s largest container ship will first call at Busan and then continue on to Rotterdam among others after passing the Suez Canal.

The ship is part of HMM’s Far East Europe 4 service. Other ports of call are Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Suez Canal, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, and then Singapore via Suez Canal. The ship is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on Wednesday 3 June around noon. The HMM Algeciras is the first of twelve 24,000 TEU-class vessels scheduled to be sequentially delivered until September, 2020.

In total, HMM ordered twenty eco-friendly mega container vessels with three shipyards – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineerin (DSME), HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries) and SHI (Samsung Heavy Industries) in September 2018. DSME and SHI build seven and five 24,000 TEU-class containerships, respectively. HHI constructs eight 16,000 TEU-class containerships to be delivered from the second quarter of 2021.

Scrubbers

The container ships are equipped with a scrubber system to comply with IMO 2020 environmental regulation. Optimised hull design and highly-efficient engine are also expected to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Vessel particulars of HMM Algeciras:

  • LOA: approx. 399.9 metres
  • Beam: 61.0 metres
  • Depth: 33.2 metres
  • Capacity: 23,964 TEU
  • Flag: Panama

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.