MSC has closely collaborated in the design of the cargo system for the world’s largest box ship, MSC Gülsün, which is “very innovative” and maximises cargo intake
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has designed the cargo system for the world’s largest container ship in close collaboration with MSC from an early stage of the project. A statement said it fully meets MSC’s operational requirements while maximising the actual cargo intake. At the same time, it provides a great degree of flexibility for the cargo operations and planning process.
MSC head of newbuildings Giuseppe Gargiulo said “As our fleet grows and technology develops, we want to make sure that our strategic investments are focused on maximising the ship’s performance. Through our close co-operation with MacGregor we are able to develop new solutions of mutual benefit that help us to grow together.”
"This is an industry-leading cargo system, and the design of the system is very innovative,” said MacGregor Cargo Handling senior naval architect Atte Virta. The cargo system design, combined with a 24-container wide ship design, takes MSC Gülsün’s container capacity to 23,756 TEU, 1,500 TEU more than the largest container ships have previously carried.
"By designing an entire cargo system in close collaboration with our customers, we can respond to the market and specific requirements in the best possible way,” said MacGregor cargo handling senior vice president Magnus Sjöberg.
MSC Gülsün was delivered in July 2019 by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. The ship is 400 m long, 61.5 m wide and is the first in a series of 11 ultra-large container ships with a capacity of more than 23,000 TEU. Six of the vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries, and the other five by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.