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World's biggest containership made her maiden call at Wesports

2018-11-01

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The world's biggest container ship, OOCL United Kingdom, made her maiden call at Westports in Port Klang on her way to China.

The OOCL United Kingdom, with a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs, is one of the carrier's six 'G Class' vessels and they are currently the world's largest container ship.

The vessel berthed at Container Terminal 8, Westports new container wharf that was completed in 2017.

Westports has earmarked nine high-performance ship-to-shore cranes to handle OOCL United Kingdom's containers. The vessel's call at Westports is part of her sailing schedule under the Ocean Alliance eastbound service NEU1, which starts sailing from Rotterdam and ends at Xiamen.

Westports is one of the transhipment hub in this region for Ocean Alliance, and under Day 2 of its second year of operations, the terminal is now accommodating and handling the newest and largest Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCV).

Westports is one of the mega transhipment hubs and container terminal in South-East Asia that is equipped to accommodate the world's biggest container ship after having invested more than RM2 billion in recent years to expand its container terminal facilities and invest in the latest state-of-the-art terminal operating equipment.

 
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