Salalah Sets New Record for Container Vessel Size Handled
The Port of Salalah has received MSC Isabella, one of the biggest container vessels to ever call Oman.
The vessel which belongs to the Gulsun class, is also the biggest in the MSC fleet and is the second largest container vessel in the world today.
Mr. Mark Hardiman, CEO for Port of Salalah stated: “We are honored to receive MSC Isabella in Salalah. This vessel call demonstrates our ambition to continue to be one of the major container hubs in the region and an integral part in the global transport and supply chain ecosystem."
MSC Isabella is deployed in the 2M ( Maersk and MSC) alliance on the Asia Europe sector and is one of the most fuel efficient and ecofriendly vessels in the world and until recently, the biggest container vessel in the world.
Commenting on the occasion, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Salim al Hatmi, CEO of ASYAD, said: “This achievement highlights the success of the strategic partnership with our partner APM Terminals, the world's leading container ship operator, and is the result of the great efforts to raise the volumes that the port handles.”
The vessel was delivered to MSC in August 2019 is about 400 metres long and has a capacity of 23,656 TEU.
The size of the vessel is approximately equal to the length of 4 football fields placed end to end and if all the containers she can carry were placed in a single line, that line would stretch for 144 Km.