On May 11, the Port of Southampton welcomed the second-largest container ship in the world and the largest ever to dock in the UK, the MOL Triumph. She can carry up to 20,170 containers at a time, just shy of the capacity of the newly delivered Madrid Maersk. On her deck she has containers stacked up to 11 high and the same number below. The port suggests that if all her boxes were laid end to end they would reach from Southampton to London.
Port of Southampton said that the new ship's eco-credentials are impressive too, with energy saving technologies leading to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per container reduced by up to 30 per cent. MOL’s six new 20,000 TEU-class containerships are equipped with advanced energy-saving technologies including low friction underwater paint, high efficiency propeller and rudder and an optimized fine hull form.
Associated British Ports Southampton Harbour Master Martin Phipps said that MOL Triumph is just one of many giants due to visit the port this year.
“MOL Triumph is the largest container ship our pilots have brought into Southampton. Our pilot joined the ship at 1015 this morning south of the Isle of Wight and ensured she travelled safely through the Central Solent and Southampton Water to DP World," Phipps said. “Our Patrol launch ensured any sight-seers were kept at the correct distance to allow MOL Triumph to continue safely."
On Sunday, the Triumph and her small crew of 20 mariners will head to Hamburg before beginning the return trip to Asia.