The ship can carry 24 346 TEU (20-foot containers). The MSC Loreto is not only the largest ship ever to call at the port, it is currently the largest container ship in the world. A title it shares with its sister ship MSC Irina.
The ship started her maiden voyage from Ningbo (China) on April 19 and will depart for Felixstowe (UK) on May 28. It is 400 meters long, 61 meters wide, and has 25 crew members. The ship transports a wide range of goods from raw materials to finished products, such as machinery, plastics & rubber, electronics, furniture…
Port of Antwerp-Bruges has organized five tours to view the MSC Loreto from the water on Saturday 27 May. All 750 seats were booked in just a few hours.
Comments Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: “Calls by record ships at our port continue to capture the imagination. So today we are proud to welcome the MSC Loreto. This demonstrates that our port can receive the largest container ships. This positions Antwerp well for further increases in scale. It is our ambition as a port to continue to grow in a sustainable way, with a firm finger on the pulse of the global economic situation.”
(Photo from Port of Antwerp-Bruges)