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Rotterdam welcomes worlds largest container ship

The OOCL Hong Kong is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on the afternoon of Friday 23 June. At 21,413 TEU, it is the world’s largest container ship at the third to surpass the 20,000TEU mark. It will also call in at the European ports of Felixstowe, Gdansk and Wilhelmshaven.

According to the Port of Rotterdam its arrival will mark the climax of a month of increasingly large container ships at the Port and confirms the importance of the scaling-up of container shipping to the Port of Rotterdam.

Just over two years ago, the MSC Oscar headed the list of the largest container ships, but this spring the vessel was relegated from the top three. The arrival of the three ultra large container carriers underlines the importance of scaling up in the container handling industry.

Emile Hoogsteden, Director of Containers at Breakbulk & Logistics, commented: “Rotterdam is the only port in North-western Europe where these huge vessels can moor without any restrictions.”

Hoogsteden stated that the growth in the Rotterdam container sector (8.8% by volume (TEU), 10.8% by weight) during the first quarter of 2017 is largely down to the fact that Maasvlakte 2 is operating at full steam.

"Activity at the new terminals on Maasvlakte 2 is improving all the time, and shipping companies have brought back to Rotterdam substantial quantities of cargo that had been moved elsewhere in late 2015 and early 2016,"
stated Hoogsteden.

Image source: Port of Rotterdam

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