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CSCL Globe docks at Westports Malaysia

  29.12.2014    

Westports Malaysia has docked the world's biggest containership in service, the 19,000-TEU CSCL Globe, but which has since been surpassed by the 19,224-TEU MSC Oscar, which is afloat, but not in service, according to Shipping Gazette.
The Globe, owned China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), is 400 metres long, 60 metres wide and bigger than four standard football fields.
Westports CEO Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said the maiden call came at a perfect time, as the port recently completed its Container Terminal 7 (CT7), which increased terminal capacity to 11 million TEU, reported Bernama news agency.
"We have the world's tallest ship-to-shore cranes in our CT7 to handle the 19,000 TEU breed mega-sized vessels. Besides being the world's largest container vessel, the Globe marked another milestone for our port in lifting the eight millionth TEU," said Mr Emir.
The Globe, currently being deployed on the AEX1 service connecting Asia to Europe, is the first of five 19,100-TEU ships to be delivered early in 2015.
But London's Loadstar reports the MSC Oscar is the current title holder with the current Wikipedia entry concurring, edging out the Globe which recently took the title from Maersk's 18,270 TEU Triple-E class ships.
The Panama-flagged Oscar will be inaugurated during the first week of January 2015 and will join the Albatross service later that month.
Build by the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and classed by DNV GL, Oscar will be joined by the same size MSC Oliver to launch in April.
The MSC Oscar is owned by China's Bank of Communications and on long-term charter to MSC.



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