- Inauguration of MSC Oliver, the second of MSC’s 19224 TEU series of vessels at the DSME shipyard in Busan, South Korea.
- It is a part of 20 mega ships over 19000 TEU which MSC has scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.
- MSC Oliver is one of six Olympic series ultra large container ships.
- The remaining sister vessels are expected to be completed by November 2015.
- These deliveries could move ‘MSC’ into the position of being the largest container shipping line in the world.
- MSC Oliver is equivalent to the size of four combined football fields.
- It is 45300 ton steel which costs $140 million to build
- It is 395m long 59m wide with a draught of 16m.
- Equipped with modern low fuel consumption diesel engine which has been optimized.
- There can be automatic control of fuel consumption to take into account both speed and weather conditions.
- And they have a broad optimal speed range for enhanced operational flexibility.
- Lubricants for the engines are being supplied by Lukoil Marine.
- The vessels have a double hull structure that provides additional strength and resistance for heavy cargo loads in all weather conditions.
- MSC ships are named after the female relatives of company employees.
- Till date there are just 5 exceptions:
- Pierfrancesco Vago,Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, ”These are the next generation of MSC Container vessels. It is fitting that they are named after the grandchildren of MSC Founder, Gianluigi Aponte. Our children carry the promise of our family’s future and these ships, the promise of MSC’s Destiny.” revealed during the ceremony.
- “For over forty years the MSC family has been growing – and so too has our fleet.Our partnership with DNV GL continues to be an important part of our journey”said Diego Aponte, MSC President and CEO.
- 18,000 TEU MSC Oscar was expanded during the building phase to add an extra tier above decks.
- The state of the art container ship is unique in its wide beam design and use of torsion box and hatch coaming plates with steel plate thickness up to 100 mm.
- The vessel is able to carry dangerous goods in holds and approximately 1,800 reefer containers.
- MSC Oliver goes on the Albatross Service which operates between Asia-Europe later this week.
- In less than twenty years the loading capacity of container vessels has more than tripled, with the length of the biggest vessels jumping from just over 300 to 400 m during that time.