MSC in a statement said: “Building on our existing successful presence in the nearby market of Port Harcourt, we will deploy an additional feeder service to call at Onne, beginning on 14 August 2019.
“The new call responds to demand from our customers in eastern Nigeria and we are ready to accept bookings to and from Onne with immediate effect.”
The new feeder service, according to the company would be linked to MSC’s West Africa transshipment hub in Lomé, Togo, which provides connections with its global network, including direct services to and from locations in Africa, northern Europe, and Asia.
This even as the company announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe, after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China.
MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU* vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC, a world leader in transportation and logistics.
Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC Gülsün sets a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance.
At some 400 metres long and more than 60 metres wide, MSC Gülsün has a record-size capacity for a container ship: 23,756 TEU. Bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies that move goods on MSC’s services between Asia and Europe to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains.
As a family-owned group with a strong maritime heritage, MSC is confirming its commitment to investing in the world’s largest and busiest trade lanes with the arrival of MSC Gülsün and the 10 other ships in the pipeline in this class.
The vessel is equipped with more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe.
This new class, MSC said is designed with a wide range of environmental, efficiency, stability and safety matters in mind.
MSC Gülsün’s improved energy efficiency and fuel economy ensure that the firm is on track to meet international 2030 environmental policy targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of time, building on a 13 percent improvement in CO2 emissions per ton of cargo already achieved across the MSC fleet between 2015 and 2018.
To comply with an upcoming marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and has the option of switching to low-Sulphur fuel or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future.