Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Container Terminal Welcomes World's Second Biggest Box Vessel

MSC Ship Turned Round Quickly
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – Our photograph shows the MSC Sixin, the second biggest vessel in the world and the largest ship to berth at any terminal in Barcelona, nestled alongside the quay at the Hutchison Ports BEST container terminal. The 23,656 TEU vessel was making the port call as part of its 2M alliance rotation.

BEST is the only container terminal in Barcelona with a depth of at least 16 metres, a depth that stretches the whole length of its 1,500 metre long berth. However there is more to the facilities than depth of water, particularly the crucial vessel operating rate. To accomplish the almost ten thousand operations needed to turn round a vessel of this size in double quick time requires several factors.

There needs to be as many mega cranes available as possible, all simultaneously controlled by a highly efficient operational system. Hutchison Ports BEST claims it is used to operating with up to 8 cranes simultaneously which, under the control of nGen, Hutchison Ports’ own terminal control system, can achieve productivities per crane of over 40 moves per hour.

This means that, whereas 10,000 operational moves would traditionally take 4 to 5 days in most ports, Barcelona can complete these in just a couple of days, resulting in significant reductions in terms of transit time, port costs and CO2 emissions. Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of Hutchison Ports BEST, commented:

“The arrival of MSC Sixin at Barcelona is the start of a new era in our container sea trade. [It is] symbolic of the effort of both shipping lines and port operators who continue to work together, in spite of the current social and economic world situation, pushing efficiency levels to even higher standards to enable goods to arrive at their destination.

”Our terminal’s location and state-of-the-art equipment enables us to efficiently handle vessels of this size in the swiftest time possible. We are delighted to become the first ever terminal in Barcelona to welcome a 23K+ vessel. We would specially like to thank MSC as the ship owner, and all the partners within the 2M alliance (MSC and Maersk), for trusting in BEST to accomplish this historic milestone.”