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Hong Kong receives world’s largest container vessel

Hong Kong receives world’s largest container vessel
The vessel is operating on THE Alliance’s Far East Europe 3 service

The Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) has received the HMM Gdansk, the world’s largest container vessel, on its maiden call to Hong Kong at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal 7.

As part of THE Alliance’s Far East Europe 3 service, the vessel departed Busan in late June before calling at Ningbo, Yanghsan, Xiamen, Kaohsiung and then Hong Kong. It will soon visit Yantian, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London, Jebel Ali and Singapore.

The ship is one of 12 mega-vessels of HMM with a capacity of 24,000 teu, featuring a length of 399.9 m, a width of 61.18 m and a maximum capacity of 23,964 teu.

Since its inception last year, the HKSPA has looked to deliver greater efficiency and enhanced services to customers, capitalising on the flexibility in berth and yard planning brought by the combined facilities encompassing 23 berths.

Leonard Fung, managing director of Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), said: “This is a momentous event for Hong Kong’s maritime industry and HIT, signifying a vote of confidence in our offering and allowing us to capture future opportunities.

“Thanks to increased tonnage and capacity fuelled by technological advances and growing customer demand, more and more mega vessels are now coming into service.”

The HMM GDANSK is equipped with the world’s most advanced DSME Smart Ship Platform (DS4), Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), monitoring system and smart navigation system to ensure the best and safest routes for the vessel.

In response to the new International Maritime Organisation’s environmental regulations, the vessel has installed scrubbers to reduce its sulphur emissions and impacts on the environment.

The HKSPA consists of four terminal operators: HIT, Modern Terminals Limited, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, and Asia Container Terminals Limited.