UASC calls at DP World London Gateway with record load

The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway carrying more containers than any ship on record.
The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway carrying more containers than any ship on record.
The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway carrying more containers than any ship on record.

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DP World London Gateway has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a record 18,601-teu. The UASC-owned Al Muraykh called at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers.

Al Muraykh, a new generation of ultra-large container ships, is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length.

The 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.

The ship left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying more shipping containers than any vessel on record and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe.

Many of the goods being unloaded will be on the high streets of the UK in the coming days for the January sales.

The vessel’s ability to transport large volumes of containers to the UK means the average CO2 output per container is 60% less than any other ship, making the transportation of goods more sustainable.

DP World London Gateway Hub is located closer to key population centres reducing time and costs in UK supply chains.

“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,” said Waleed Al Dawood, chief operating officer at UASC. “Moreover, this voyage marks a very important milestone in our newbuilding and environmental sustainability program with this being the highest utilization of our 18,800-teu eco-efficient class to date.”

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “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,” he added.

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