The vessel is 337 metres long
Pinky Zungu, one of the first black African women marine pilots to obtain an “open licence”, has piloted the biggest-ever containership to sail in South African waters. She piloted the MSC Chicago when it arrived in Durban’s container terminal on 29 August. The vessel is 337 metres long, with a beam of 46 metres and a draught (depth) of 13.1 metres.
The chief executive of the Transnet National Ports Authority, Tau Morwe, said Ms Zungu’s role in the MSC Chicago’s maiden voyage: “Points to the successes of our efforts to bring about gender and racial equality and transformation in the maritime environment.”