24,116 containers in one trip

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New titan of the seas. The Chinese shipyard Hudong Zhonghua Changxing Shipbuilding – part of the conglomerate CSSC— just bounced the giant ship MSC Tessa, a colossus of the seas that will become the largest container ship in the world. Yes, for the minimum. The new ship manufactured for the shipping company MSC is no different in size from another giant recently launched, the Ever Alotbut it does surpass it in a key piece of information that allows it to break the record: capacity.

MSC Tessa has a length of 399.9 meters by 61.5 beam, measurements similar to those of the Ever Alot container ship. It varies, yes, its load. A whopping 24,116 TEUs —a TEU, an acronym for Twenty-foot equivalent unit, equivalent to the capacity to transport a standard container of 6.1 meters—which is 112 more than the Ever Alot can move. The advantage is minimal, yes, just 0.5%; but enough to make a difference. Achieving it has forced engineers to overturn their plans.

“While the main dimensions have not changed, the company’s container ship design team has optimized the ship’s superstructure, radar mast and other related designs according to the characteristics of the ship owner’s operating routes.” CSSC scores. The Hudong Zhonghua firm is also behind the large ships Ever Alot either Ever Apex.

Technology to save costs

To facilitate cargo transportation and energy efficiency, these large Hudong-type container ships incorporate some relevant innovations in points such as the bow and the propellers. The MSC Tessa in fact has a system that generates bubbles and reduces friction with the water while sailing. Result: a savings of between 3 and 4% in fuel consumption. Va de Barcos precise incorporating a 70,000 kW WinGD-11X92 conventional diesel engine.

If the schedule managed by the shipyard is met, the new container ship will be delivered before the end of 2022. It is not the only titan that will join the fleet of the MSC shipping company. The company has ordered another three ships from the Chinese shipyard and at least two of them have already started in the dry docks of Hudong Zhonghua in June, after the blockade caused by the measures against COVID-19.

Although they can stand out for their size and capacity MSC Tessa, Ever Alot or Ever Apex They are not isolated cases. They offer the most recent cases of a global trend that has been gaining strength for some time in the sector: that of the ever-increasing potential of container ships.

The capacity of ships has grown considerably in recent decades to the point that in 2016 ships for more than 10,000 TEUs already represented 25% of the global fleet, 20 percentage points more than five years before. Today giants like Tessa already exceed 24,000.

The reason for the growth spurt?

Basically an attempt to boost profitability of transportation. The greater the cargo capacity, the greater the number of containers in transit and the greater the distribution of costs. All of this against a backdrop marked by rising demand and pressure from the companies themselves for shipping companies to lower their rates. It is estimated that today about 90% of the goods traded are transported by sea, which explains why 561 container ships will be commissioned in 2021 alone.

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New titan of the seas. The Chinese shipyard Hudong Zhonghua Changxing Shipbuilding – part of the conglomerate CSSC— just bounced…

New titan of the seas. The Chinese shipyard Hudong Zhonghua Changxing Shipbuilding – part of the conglomerate CSSC— just bounced…

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