Container giant arrives in Durban

2012-07-04 22:02

Durban - The largest container ship ever to visit a South African port arrived off Durban late on Wednesday afternoon, Transnet said.

The vessel would dock on Thursday morning,

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 was expected to call at the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape next Tuesday.

Transnet spokeswoman Lunga Ngcobo said the vessel would be guided into port on Thursday by four tugs.

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 the port, as the harbour entrance was dredged only to a depth of 12.8m.

  • elvis.nkoana - 2012-07-04 22:29

    An African success story. Yes, we Africans, can do it!

      SmilificationTheTrollSlayer!!! - 2012-07-05 03:38

      The ship weighs 131 771 tons when it comes into the port, when it goes out it wheighs 80000 tons... an African success story indeed!

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-07-05 07:07

      @Monster Monti,there are success stories.One being the fact that you free to spew the bile from your dirty mouth

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-05 07:56

      Who were the brains behind this "success story"

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-05 08:10

      We had to dig deep though (lol)

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-07-04 22:38

    What is the carbon footprint of this vessel? How much fossil fuel does it consume? Does the owners of this monster pay carbon taxes like all South Africans are required to do? How much waste is produced by this ship? I recommend a little more in depth journalistic reporting.

      marius.vandenberg.77 - 2012-07-05 03:42

      Jan - R300m is just one fact. I think you need all the numbers to qualify your comments. I do agree with the bad reporting and lack of facts.

      jeff.weinerslav - 2012-07-05 07:13

      I'm a principal maritime engineer building these "monsters" in Korea. These vessel's are more efficient than any land based form of transportation (fact). They're built to higher specifications than any other form of machinery since it's the law (as mandated from the UN). The marine industry (of late) is so heavily regulated and strict with respect to legality and technology, that when the US Oil Spill 2010 occurred, a maritime company was tasked by the US government to help NASA figure out what happened (fact - I work for said company). Furthermore, whilst our government is fairly useless at most things, especially stealing my tax money, the net benefit of having these larger new vessels, negates the need for several, older, non-eco-efficient vessels trying to do the work of the bigger boys. Also, due to coastal regulations, the footprint of this vessel is even further reduced by them switching over to marine gas oil which has a 0.1% sulphur content. Your car can't even boast this. I never comment, but whenever misinformed people begin complaining for the sake of complaining I feel I need to step in. Next time, do research before you vomit ineptitude.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-04 22:52

    Tell us how long it is in Meters or yards not this illiterate stuff of '3 Rugby fields'

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-04 23:01

      ..@.millionwatts1.. I've got an idea. Learn to read..get an education, Get a manual and read it up. And O' yes.. have a nice day.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-04 23:12

      @Alan,You got peeved because you saw Rugby in there. Even if the article had said Football fields I would still contest that. What have you read or rather how well are you read?

      andrew.p.vanwijk - 2012-07-05 03:36

      364 meters long and 46 meters in breadth built in 2008, current draft 12.2 meters, According to some reports max TEU for this vessel is actually 11312 show there is very little research into these reports, suggest the reporter resorts to google before just publishing

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-05 08:01

      @ millionwatts1, do you want the length to include the dead ball lines aswell

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-05 16:24

      Not too many watts on today

  • diran.pillay - 2012-07-04 23:14

    Love great big ships, must of been a sight to see it come in to Durban

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-07-05 00:52

    What's IN this massive container.., is it trains, planes, books or what? Just wondering..

      Carina Welman - 2012-07-05 03:28

      Sally... It's a massive SHIP. the containers are standard. Read the article again.

      monti.montanari - 2012-07-05 06:53

      Sally its a Boeing 777

      Skoees - 2012-07-05 07:18

      Lady, its not a Shop, its a Ship with containers!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-05 08:02

      @ sally.lewitt - More wetsuits

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-07-05 01:11

    l love this types of news.

  • Roberto Deniro - 2012-07-05 05:27

    i think is full of fake goods

  • stirer.kathray - 2012-07-05 06:46

    A ship doesn't "weigh" 131771 tonnes - it "displaces" 131771 tonnes.

  • Diran - 2012-07-05 07:43

    A bunch of angry critics on this page :). Now that Jeff has given us the facts, lets enjoy this great piece of engineering.

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