The ship can carry 24 346 TEU (20-foot containers). It is not only the largest ship ever to call at the port, it is currently the largest container ship in the world. A title it shares with its sister ship MSC Irina.
The ship started her maiden voyage from Ningbo (China) on 19 April and will depart for Felixstowe (UK) on 28 May. It is 400 meters long, 61 meters wide, and has 25 crew members. The ship transports a wide range of goods from raw materials to finished products, such as machinery, plastics & rubber, electronics, furniture...
Port of Antwerp-Bruges is organizing five tours to view the MSC Loreto from the water on Saturday 27 May. All 750 seats were booked in just a few hours.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "Calls by record ships at our port continue to capture the imagination. So today we are proud to welcome the MSC Loreto. This demonstrates that our port can receive the largest container ships. This positions Antwerp well for further increases in scale. It is our ambition as a port to continue to grow in a sustainable way, with a firm finger on the pulse of the global economic situation."
Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor of the City of Antwerp and President of the board of directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "As a world port, our port is the economic engine of Flanders. With a world port comes a world record. The MSC Loreto welcoming not only the largest ship ever to call at the port, but it is also currently the largest container ship in the world. With a record, ship comes performing infrastructure. We, therefore, ensure that the largest ships can continue to be handled at the terminals. Record ships also need sufficient container capacity. Additional container capacity Antwerp remains an absolute priority to keep playing at the top level of world ports."
Marc Beerlandt, CEO of MSC Belgium: "The interest in the arrival of the new record ship the MSC Loreto confirms that the activities in the port of Antwerp still capture the imagination of the general public! This pleases MSC enormously and shows that the choice of Antwerp as a European hub is definitely the right one. The commitment of our MSC people, the productivity of the Antwerp dockers, the support of the industrial fabric inside and outside the port area, the excellent cooperation with the Port of Antwerp-Bruges port authorities create an excellent support base for further developments of our company."