Klaipeda welcomes its largest ship ever

By Vessels

Klaipeda has for the second time this year beaten its record for largest vessel to dock at the Seaport.

On August 11, the 336,68-meter MSC Asya took the record from the 324,8-meter MSC Charleston, which docked at the port in June. The vessel berthed at the newly constructed JSSC Klaipedos Smelte container distribution centre.

Photo: Manuel Hernández Lafuente

MSC Asya (IMO number 9339296 and MMSI 354744000) has a capacity for 9,178 TEUs. With the docking of the vessel Klaipeda joined the group of ports able to accommodate 9,000+ TEU containerships.

Meanwhile, the recent rise in the gross tonnage of vessels calling at the port Klaipeda Seaport resulted in the port planning to turn into a transshipment hub for the Baltic Sea region.

Arvydas Vaitkus, the director general of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, commented:

”Up to now the function of rendering services and distributing the containers to smaller vessels, the so called ”transshipment” has been traditionally the prerogative of the large seaports of the Western Europe – Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and others. From now on Klaipeda Seaport is ready to accommodate both feeder and ocean going vessels – container ships. Accommodation of the container ship MSC Asya today has served the best evidence of that. We believe that the number of ocean-going vessels will increase in our seaport.”