MSC Oscar makes maiden call at Port of Felixstowe
The latest vessel to hold the title of world's largest container ship, the 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, the company said in its press release.
The 192,237 gross tonnage ship, operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), is 395 metres long, 59 metres wide and has a draft of 16 metres. It operates on MSC's new East-West trade routes between Asia and Europe.
The MSC Oscar was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea and is the first of seven similar sized ships that will be delivered to MSC in 2015. It has a total of 18 ships in the 19,000 TEU class on order for delivery over the next few years.
The Port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK. It benefits from being the closest UK container port to the main ports of Northern Europe and having direct marine access from the North Sea.