On September 8, 2021, the Megamax container ship Ever Ace called at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. With a slot capacity of 23,992 TEUs, the Ever Ace is currently the largest container ship in the world. With a length of 400 metres, a width of 61.5m and a maximum draught of 16m, the mega-carrier can accommodate 28 TEU more than the previous biggest ship record holder, HMM Algeciras.
Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine commissioned the vessel to be built at the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries for around US$150 million. Ever Ace left the shipyard on 28 July bound for Qingdao. Another five ships of this type are to be built at the shipyard.
The Ever Ace set a record on its maiden voyage for the number of 20-foot standard containers (TEU) transported from Asia to Europe. According to information from the industry service Alphaliner, the vessel transported a total of 21,718 TEU. The Ever Ace surpassed the old mark of the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé by 285 containers.