World's biggest container ships debut at Port of Xiamen
Xiamen Songyu Container Terminal is in the south-east area of Haicang district, and on the continental side of Xiamen, a coastal city in East China's Fujian province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
MSC MINA and MSC SAMAR, two state-of-the-art and the world's largest container ships, with a remarkable lifting capacity up to 22.49 tons or 23,756 TEUs, are 400 meters long, 61 meters wide and 81 meters high. The two mega vessels docked at the Xiamen Songyu Container Terminal running by Xiamen Port Holding Group on Tuesday, breaking the record for berthing capacity, marking another breakthrough in the development of Fujian province, the core area of the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road.
There are few ports that are able to hold mega vessels, which are demanding of the port's depth of water, vessel management ability, loading capacity, and coordinating backup mechanisms.
The Port of Xiamen, a natural deep water port with depth alongside of 16 meters and five deep-water berths, boasts of its advanced terminal facilities, outstanding waterway management and superior business environment.
Over the past years, the international shipping industry has witnessed a new era of mega vessels. Backed by its advantages, the port of Xiamen seized every opportunity and continuously increased its berthing capacity from 18,000 TEUs in 2013 to today's record-breaking 23,000 TEUs.