Singapore welcomes MSC Isabella ; the largest container ship till date

BY Tiya Chatterji 13.Nov.2019

MSC Isabella, one of the new ships from MSC’s Gülsün-Class of container vessels fleet, made its maiden call at the Port of Singapore on 10 November 2019. This is the largest container ship to ever to call at Singapore.

The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) is one of the eleven new ships from Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Gülsün-class of box ships. The Gülsün-Class is currently the world’s largest series of containerships. The ship measures around 400 meters long and 61 meters wide, the ship can carry up to 24 rows of containers, with a height of 13 tiers on deck. Its length exceeds that of the Eiffel Tower and it can transport the equivalent of about 384 million pairs of shoes. Apart from its capacity, the vessel is also equipped to carry more than 2,000 refrigerated containers.

MSC Isabella belongs to the series of the most energy-efficient ships in MSC’s fleet of container vessels, with the lowest carbon footprint per container carried by design. A combination of the latest green technologies and greater economies of scale have helped reduce energy requirements over time, according to MSC. MSC Isabella 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 LNG use in the future, complying with the upcoming IMO sulphur cap 2020.

Mr Eddy Ng, Managing Director for PSA Singapore Terminals 2, said, “We are heartened by the arrival of MSC Isabella at MSC-PSA Asia Terminal in Singapore. It affirms the strong commitment and steadfast partnership between PSA and MSC, while also demonstrating PSA’s capability to efficiently handle the world’s largest container vessels, further enhancing the status of the Port of Singapore as a premier global transshipment and logistics hub.”