Ultra-large MOL Triumph container ship docked in Southampton on May 11th.

The 400m-long MOL Triumph is the first of a new type of ultra-large container vessel to enter service this year. Its operators claim it is more fuel efficient than previous carriers.

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Built by Samsung in South Korea, the ship will run between Chinese and European ports. It can hold the equivalent of 20,170 containers.

Southampton port operator said it was a “significant and proud occasion”.

The ship is the first of MOL’s fleet of six 20,000 TEU-class vessels and is on its first trip to northern Europe since entering service earlier in 2017.

It arrived in Southampton at about 14:00 BST and will remain in the port until Sunday before heading to Hamburg and its return journey to Asia.

The even larger 20,568 TEU Munich Maersk is due to call at the port later this year. The size of a container ship is defined in terms of its load capacity.

Chris Lewis, managing director of Southampton port operators DP World, said: “It is an honour to be hosting one of the world’s largest container ships as it arrives in Northern Europe for the first time.”

News Credit: BBC South

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