One of the world’s largest container ships, Al Muraykh, carrying a recorded 18,601 TEU docked at DP World London Gateway Port on January 1.
Owned by the United Arab Shipping Company, the vessel left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying the most ever shipping containers on board a vessel and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe to unload 3,800 containers.
Featuring a length of 400 metres, Al Muraykh can carry up to 18,800 containers.
The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship, with thousands more stowed below deck.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved a world record breaking load on board Al Muraykh, the greenest vessel in the world and one of the largest in operation today. Moreover, this voyage marks a very important milestone in our newbuilding and environmental sustainability program with this being the highest utilization of our 18,800 TEU eco-efficient class to date,” Waleed Al Dawood, Chief Operating Officer at UASC, said.
“This is a great start to 2016 and we welcome UASC’s world record breaking ship to DP World London Gateway Port,” Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said.