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Largest container ship in SA docks in Durban

2012-07-05 15:53

Durban - The largest container ship ever to visit a South African port docked in Durban's harbour on Thursday after being welcomed by a flotilla of yachts and showered with sea spray by two tugs.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Sola weighs in at 131 771 tons and is three-and-a-half rugby fields long. It is capable of carrying 11 660 standard containers when fully-laden.

The ship is expected to call at the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape next Tuesday.

Prior to the completion of Transnet's R300m project in 2010 to widen and deepen the entrance to Durban's harbour, MSC Sola would have been unable to enter, as the harbour entrance was dredged only to a depth of 12.8m.

Comments
  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-05 16:04

    Thats a big mamma!

      poloyatonkim - 2012-07-05 16:59

      "Transnet's R300m project in 2010 to widen and deepen the entrance to Durban's harbour" this is One of the successful ANC projects, I am happy with my party. AMANDLA.

      Willie - 2012-07-05 17:01

      Take a break from crap, politics

  • cynthia.d.plessis - 2012-07-05 16:15

    It's a Big'Un!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-05 16:18

    I'm sure the use some sort of transport to get around on this beast. Unless the crew is super fit.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-05 16:21

    Now that must be a sight.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-05 16:27

    The wonders of modern technology! Would love to know its cruising speed.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-05 16:30

    That is amazing

  • thoko.zani.96 - 2012-07-05 16:30

    Well done to Bongi Mbambo from Inanda for piloting this giant into the Durban port. You represented women well.

  • raymond.billson - 2012-07-05 16:32

    WoW - since the invention of a "TEU" in America by a gent who wanted to transport cargo in a economical way

      padayachee - 2012-07-06 08:54

      You should see the Maersk container ship, Largest in the world, Emma Maersk.

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-05 16:51

    Just for interest sake, how deep is the entrance now? (was 12.8m)

  • gavin.vonmeyer - 2012-07-05 16:54

    Size doesn' matter.

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-05 17:02

      That was just your wife trying to console you...

  • sanjay.monsingh - 2012-07-05 18:49

    omg it is huge

      padayachee - 2012-07-06 08:53

      have a look at the largest in the world, Emma Maersk. :D

  • padayachee - 2012-07-06 08:51

    When is it leaving...?

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-18 05:46

      padayachee, in 2014 Maersk is launching the largest ship in the world, even bigger than the Emma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A6rsk_Triple_E_class

  • henry.dike1 - 2012-07-18 09:31

    This is awesome..

  • jonathan.bodenstein - 2012-12-12 16:18

    That is a WOW !!

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