Record-breaking vessel helps DP World London Gateway Port welcome in 2016

DP World London Gateway Port has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a record 18,601 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units).  The UASC owned Al Muraykh called to unload 3,800 containers.

The vessel is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length.  Containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship.  With thousands more stowed below deck, the ship can carry up to 18,800 containers.

Al Muraykh left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying the most ever shipping containers on board a vessel and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe.  The vessel’s ability to transport large volumes of containers to the UK means the average CO2 output dropped 60% less than normal, making the transportation of goods more sustainable.

UASC’s chief operating officer, Waleed Al Dawood, commented: “We are extremely proud to have achieved a world record breaking load on board Al Muraykh, the greenest vessel in the world and one of the largest in operation today.  Moreover, this voyage marks a very important milestone in our newbuilding and environmental sustainability program with this being the highest utilisation of our 18,800TEU eco-efficient class to date.

“The UK is a key market for us and our customers there, like all our customers globally, are increasingly looking for sustainable, green transport solutions.  The technology on board Al Muraykh and her sister vessels allow us to provide these solutions and help our customers achieve their own environmental targets.”

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway’s chief executive officer, Simon Moore added: “This is a great start to 2016 and we welcome UASC’s world record breaking ship to DP World London Gateway Port.  The ship’s Master, Captain Spisak Andrezej, and I were able to wish each other Happy New Year whilst watching London Gateway’s port cranes unload four containers at a time using our quad-lift innovative technology.

“This ship demonstrates the port can take any vessel afloat and provide world class services to carriers.  We are now focused on providing this world class service to cargo owners as cargo is collected.  Trucks picking up containers are able to pick up faster and safer than ever before.

As we enter 2016 in full swing, we look forward to opening berth three in the summer.  The start of 2016 is seeing record volumes moving across the port, as customers and cargo owners benefit from the location of the UK’s 21st Century hub port, ensuring that supply chains are best protected and deliver the best environmental solutions.”