World’s biggest container ship makes maiden Suez Canal passage

Taiwan shipping company Evergreen Marine’s newest container ship “Ever Ace” successfully passed through the Suez Canal yesterday, breaking a record for the largest container ship to pass through the waterway.

At 400 meters long, 61.5 meters wide, and weighing 235,000 tons, the 23,992 TEU container ship became the world’s largest when it was launched at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard last month.

The Ever Ace traversed the Suez Canal on its maiden voyage to Europe en route to the Port of Rotterdam. Canal authorities boarded the vessel to present a bouquet of flowers to Captain Yang on completion of the passage.

The Suez Canal Authority said that the smooth passage of the Ever Ace through the canal reflects the ability of the Suez Canal to accommodate current and future giant container ships.

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