Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China has delivered what is believed to be the world’s largest containership by carrying capacity. The MSC Irina was delivered March 9 to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company by Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding located in Jingjiang city on the Yangtze River.
With an advertised carrying capacity of 24,346 twenty-foot containers (TEUs), the ship takes the unofficial title of the world’s container ship. According to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the MSC Irina is its first 24,000 TEU class delivery and the first in a series of six ships being built for MSC.
At 399.9 metres long and 61.3 metres wide, the vessel is so large it had to be floated out with a truncated deckhouse and funnel, according to Alphaliner, so that it could slip underneath a number of bridges that cross the Yangtze River.