Largest container ship in the world calls on Port of Antwerp-Bruges
The container ship MSC Loreto arrived at the port of Antwerp to load and unload containers at the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) at the Deurganckdock. It is the newest largest container ship in the world.
The ship can carry 24 346 TEU (20-foot containers). It is not only the largest ship ever to call at the port, it is currently the largest container ship in the world. A title it shares with its sister ship MSC Irina.
The ship started her maiden voyage from Ningbo (China) on 19 April and will depart for Felixstowe (UK) on 28 May. It is 400 metres long, 61 metres wide and has 25 crew members. The ship transports a wide range of goods from raw materials to finished products, such as machinery, plastics & rubber, electronics, furniture…
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges: “Calls by record ships at our port continue to capture the imagination. So today we are proud to welcome the MSC Loreto. This demonstrates that our port can receive the largest container ships. This positions Antwerp well for further increases in scale. It is our ambition as a port to continue to grow in a sustainable way, with a firm finger on the pulse of the global economic situation.”