Ship Photos of the Day – Record-Breaking 18,601 TEU Arrives in UK

Al Muraykh at London Gateway. Photo: DP World London Gateway
Al Muraykh at London Gateway. Photo: DP World London Gateway

One of the world’s largest containerships arrived in the UK on New Year’s Day carrying a world record load from the Far East.

The UASC-owned MV Al Muraykh was loaded with 18,601 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) when it called at DP World’s London Gateway Terminal on January 1 after departing from Port Klang, Malaysia about two weeks earlier. The 18,601 TEU sets the record most ever containers loaded onto a ship.

The vessel was due to unload 3,800 containers.

The 400-meter MV Al Muraykh was delivered to UASC in August 2015 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries as part of a newbuild program comprised of eleven 15,000 TEU vessels and six 18,800 TEU LNG-ready vessels.

Below are some photos sent into gCaptain by photographer Andrew McAlpine. Also check out ShippingTV’s interview with the Captain and Chief Officer at the bottom:

Photo credit: Andrew McAlpinePhoto credit: Andrew McAlpine

Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine
Photo credit: Andrew McAlpine

Below is a ShippingTV interview with the Captain Andrzej Spisak, Master of Al Muraykh: