GOTHENBURG: December 21, 2015. A vessel belonging to the world's largest class of containership, the MSC Maya, spent 35 hours loading and unloading at the APM Terminals' Gothenburg facility this week.
The fourth of 20 Oscar-Class Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) arrived from Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk/MSC AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in the 2M Alliance.
With a published capacity of 19,224 TEUs, Oscar-class vessels are the world's current record holders in container carrying capacity. These ULCS are 396 meters-long, and require a depth of 16 meters.
"This is the only port in Sweden with a water depth to handle vessels this large," said APM Terminals Gothenburg vessel planner Peter Hägg, who has been preparing the operational details of the MSC Maya's arrival since early December.
In January 2016, APM Terminals Gothenburg will host the MSC Zoe, the next of the Oscar-class vessels joining the MSC fleet.
APM Terminals Gothenburg began operations in January 2012 and is investing US$115 million to establish its facility as a deep-water hub for Scandinavia and the Baltic area. Gothenburg's overall container throughput was 837,000 TEUs in 2014, with APM handling 759,000 TEUs, or approximately half of all Swedish container traffic for the year.