Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has delivered the world’s largest container ship MSC Gulsun to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
The ship is capable of carrying up to 23,756 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) a time.
MSC Gulsun is the first TEU-class vessel to arrive from a batch of six that were ordered by Swiss-based MSC in September 2017.
The 400m-long containership is 61.5m wide and 33.2m high. It is fitted with a modern smart dispensing system and exhaust gas cleaning systems, which remove particulate matters from exhaust emissions after fuel combustion.
It also features Samsung Heavy’s latest technology Svessel, a smart ship system that analyses navigation data to suggest the most appropriate sea route according to pricing and safety measures.
Samsung Heavy said that the vessel is structurally designed so that it can easily adapt to become a liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship in the future.
The South Korean ship manufacturer has had another five ships of a similar style ordered at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, which are scheduled to be delivered by February 2020.
The MSC Gulsun has already begun its journey from Samsung Heavy’s shipyard, three weeks before its scheduled departure.
After winning a contract from Mitsui OSK Lines in 2015, Samsung Heavy became the first shipbuilder to construct a containership with a 20,000 TEU capacity, delivering the vessel to the Japanese company in 2017.
Last month, SHI secured a $381m contract to build two LNG carriers for a Bermudan client, with delivery expected in time for June 2022.
SHI also won the rights to construct one LNG carrying vessel in May this year, in a deal worth $190m that will see the ship transported to an anonymous client by March 2022.