MODERN Terminals' facilities at Terminal
9 (south) has accommodated the largest containership to call at the
port of Hong Kong to date - the 23,656 TEU MSC Isabella.
Modern Terminals Ltd group managing director Peter Levesque said in a statement: "We are
proud to have MSC Isabella, a magnificent container vessel, at our
facilities. Setting a new milestone for the port of Hong Kong.
"Modern Terminals is a member of the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA)
and the combined facilities of HKSPA can handle eight mega vessels
simultaneously which provides the kind of flexibility the large shipping
The MSC Isabella is deployed on the Asia-North Europe Swan service
operated by the 2M Alliance on a port rotation of: Qingdao, Busan,
Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Antwerp,
Rotterdam, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai,
returning to Qingdao.
Mediterranean Shipping Company's regional managing director for Asia Y J
Tan said: "We are pleased to have our biggest, most technologically
advanced and energy efficient class of vessels calling at the port of
Hong Kong. MSC Isabella and her new sister ships show MSC's continued
investment and commitment towards facilitating global trade."
MSC Isabella is the sister ship of MSC Gulsun, the world's largest
containership, and forms part of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to
be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC. These 11
ships have been designed with a wide range of environmental, efficiency
and safety matters in mind.
For example, the shape of the bow has been designed to enhance energy
efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering
minimises wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption.
To comply with the upcoming International Maritime Organization's low
sulphur marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is equipped with an
IMO-approved hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and has the option of
switching to low-sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural
gas in the future.