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ONE sets new containership stowage record: 19,100 TEU

Written by Nick Blenkey
MOL Tribute

MOL Tribute

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has set a new record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed on a containership, carrying over 19,100 TEU of containers on the MOL Tribute. That beat a 19,038 record load announced by Maersk in August 2018.

The MOL Tribute set the new record February 11, using StowMan vessel stowage managemeny software developed by Cargotec Corporation subsidiary Navis,

“As vessel sizes increase, so too do the complexities associated with safe and effective stowage planning,” said Capt. Kunihiko Nishimura, General Manager Global Vessel Operations, ONE. “With the help of Navis and PSA Singapore, we were able to accomplish a tremendous feat – not only planning, but successfully executing a vessel call with more than 19,100 containers on board. It is truly remarkable and we will continue to innovate and leverage the best possible technology to further advance our performance to better serve our customers.”

ONE partnered with Navis for its expertise in vessel stowage planning – leveraging its StowMan solution on a vessel also equipped with the Navis MACS3 loading computer for the most recent voyage. The benefit of combining the two technologies is twofold as StowMan shows the same results in terms of stability and strength as MACS3, supporting more efficient planning. With Navis’ help, ONE was able to optimize the cargo load based on accurate vessel profile information, resulting in higher utilization, fewer restows and better user engagement. Navis plans to expand these results to other terminals and look beyond to advance collaboration between the planners and terminals so that all parties are better aligned. Currently, 50 carriers and logistics providers with approximately 3,000 users worldwide stow their vessels with StowMan.

“Many aspects of terminal operations have already seen improvement through optimization technology, but greater collaboration in stowage planning for better productivity is an often overlooked means for efficiency gains and cost savings,” said Bruce Jacquemard, Chief Customer Officer at Navis. “An efficient stowage plan is one of the most important factors in saving the transportation cost of shipping companies and getting vessels to their next port of call in a timely manner. The record-breaking load by ONE is a great demonstration of what can be achieved when the right pieces are in the right place at the right time.”

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