Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri hosted a keel laying ceremony in Monfalcone for the ‘MSC Seashore’, the the first of two enriched “Seaside Evo” Class ships for MSC Cruises. When it enters into service in June 2021, the ship will be the company’s longest ship, featuring 339 metres and environmental technology.
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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC, built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea.
Port of Tanjung Pelepas became the first port in Southeast Asia to welcome Mediterranean Shipping Company latest and largest container vessel as part of its maiden voyage in the South East Asia region. PTP also became the first port in the world to achieve back to back record for highest utilisation of a container vessel when the ship left the port with the record load of 19,574 TEUs.
Port of Fremantle in Western Australia achieves new records after the arrival of two Post Panamax containerships in July. The two containerships calling the port, belong to Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company.
The ‘MSC Katya R’ of 4,112 TEU is one of the seven ships that MSC operates between Ecuador and Northern Europe. The ships will serve Moín on a weekly basis and Antwerp will now become the first European unloading port, before Rotterdam and Bremerhaven.
US authorities have reportedly released the container ship ‘MSC Gayane’, almost a month after the ship was seized with 20 tons of cocaine in Philadelphia, marking one of the largest drug seizures in the US history. The ship was released after the operator posted $50 million, including $10 million in cash.
MSC provided an update after the recent law enforcement drug trafficking operation on MSC Gayane in Philadelphia. Due to this operation, MSC Gayane has been under US government control since 17 June, while the authorities conduct investigations. MSC said that it is assisting and cooperating in any possible way with the authorities and it is not the target of the investigation.
US Attorney William M. McSwain announced that US Customs and Border Protection executed a seizure warrant obtained by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and seized the cargo vessel MSC Gayane as being subject to possible forfeiture to the US.
Samsung Heavy Industries delivered the largest containership to the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) from South Korea. The vessel is the first of the six 23,000 TEU-class vessels that MSC ordered in 2017.
Cargotec’s MacGregor, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Guangzhou Wenchong Dockyard have signed a contract aiming to upgrade the cargo systems on six 16,000 TEU container ships, which MSC owns and operates. The Cargo Boost orders will be booked into MacGregor’s second quarter 2019 order intake and the upgrades will be applied during drydocking in 2020.
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