On December 21, 2015, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Ultra-Large Containership (ULCS) MSC Maya called at APM Terminals Gothenburg, becoming the largest containership ever to call in Sweden.
With 19,224 TEU capacity, MSC Maya ranks as one of the world’s biggest containerships by carrying capacity and measures 396 meters-long with a draft of 16 meters. The vessel arrived from the Port of Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk Line/Mediterranean Shipping Company AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in the 2M alliance.
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden that can accommodate ships of this size. Since 2012, APM Terminals has planned to invest $115 million in the facility to establish Gothenburg as a deep-water hub for Scandinavia and the Baltic area. Gothenburg’s overall container throughput was 837,000 TEUs in 2014, with APM Terminals Gothenburg handling 759,000 TEUs, or approximately half of all Swedish container traffic for the year.
The MSC Maya is the fourth of 20 planned Oscar-class ULCSs’ for MSC. In January 2016, APM Terminals Gothenburg will also host the MSC Zoe, sister ship to MSC Maya.