Mega cargo ship arrives at Singapore port and sets record

MSC Isabella, on return journey to Qingdao, is biggest container vessel to ever call here

MSC Isabella pictured at PSA Pasir Panjang Terminal where it made it is making its maiden call, on Nov 10, 2019.
MSC Isabella pictured at PSA Pasir Panjang Terminal where it made it is making its maiden call, on Nov 10, 2019. PHOTO: PSA SINGAPORE

Singapore welcomed its largest-ever container vessel yesterday. MSC Isabella can carry 23,656 standard twenty-foot containers, enough space for approximately 222 million bananas.

The cargo ship, which is about 400m long and 61m wide, was built in South Korea and delivered to global shipping company MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in August. It started sailing on Aug 28 from the Chinese port of Qingdao for several ports in Europe, including Rotterdam and Antwerp.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2019, with the headline 'Mega cargo ship arrives at Singapore port and sets record'. Subscribe