MacGregor system helps world’s biggest box ship max its TEU capacity

Written by Nick Blenkey
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A MacGregor designed cargo system design, combined with a 24 container wide ship design, takes the total container capacity of the world’s largest containership, MSC Gülsün to 23,756 TEU, which is 1,500 TEU more than the largest containerships have previously carried.

Delivered in July 2019 by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries. MSC Gülsün is 400 m long, 61.5 m wide and is the first in a series of 11 ultra-large containerships with a capacity of more than 23,000 TEU on order for Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (MSC) in South Korea. Six of the vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries, and the other five by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

The vessel’s cargo system was developed by MacGregor in close collaboration with MSC from an early stage of the project. It meets MSC`s operational requirements while maximizing actual cargo intake. At the same time, it provides a great degree of flexibility for the cargo operations and planning process.

“This is an industry-leading cargo system, and the design of the system is very innovative,” says Atte Virta, Senior Naval Architect, MacGregor Cargo Handling.

“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,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, MacGregor Cargo Handling.

“As our fleet grows and technology develops, we want to make sure that our strategic investments are focused on maximizing the ship´s performancer,” says Giuseppe Gargiulo Head of Newbuildings, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. ‘Through our close cooperation with MacGregor we are able to develop new solutions that are of mutual benefit and help us to grow together.”

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