Category Archives: Main container vessels


Brand new HMM ALGECIRAS is passing Hamburg Blankenese on a rather cloudy morning on June 7th, 2020.
Built: 2020| IMO No.: 9863297 | Gross tonnage: 228,283 | Flag: Panama | Container capacity: 23,964 TEUHMM Algeciras002She is the very first so called Megamax-24 vessel to call the port of Hamburg.

HMM Algeciras003The first tug boat needs to be attached the very beginning of the Hamburg port area.

HMM Algeciras009The harbor pilot is entering shortly after entry in the port area as well.

HMM Algeciras022Even though the draft was only 12.6 metres, her deck load with up tp 9 tiers of highcube containers is still very impressive.

HMM Algeciras023On the picture you can clearly see the construction of a new lighthouse which will be necessary due to the river Elbe deepening.

HMM Algeciras025Upon arrival in Hamburg the she must turn into Waltershofer Hafen. This time she is assisted by four tug boats as the turning basin is very narrow.

HMM Algeciras030She is scheduled to berth at HHLA’s Container Terminal Burchardkai.

HMM Algeciras033According to local sources during this call HHLA will move around 8.500 boxes which equals roughly 13.600 TEU.

HMM Algeciras040 HMM Algeciras049 HMM Algeciras050Impressive 61.5 m or 24 containers of width.

HMM Algeciras058Departure is scheduled for June 10th.

On time on June 10th, 2020 She left Hamburg again.
Following shots were taken in the evening off Cuxhaven  – finally in sunlight:-)

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MSC Gülsün is arriving on her maiden voyage in Bremerhaven on August 19th, 2019.
MSC Gülsün is the very first so called MEGAMAX-24 vessel to call a North European port.
At her delivery in July she was the biggest containership ever built but in the meantime the slightly bigger MSC Mina gained this title.
The picture shows the MSC Gülsün arriving in Bremerhaven, the very first North European port ever called by a vessel of this size.
Built: 2019 | IMO No.: 9839430 | Gross tonnage: 232,618 | Flag: Panama | Container capacity: 22,960 TEU
MSC Gülsün000MSC Gülsün arrived directly from the Spanish port of Algeciras in Bremerhaven and was warmly welcomed by local tug boats.

MSC Gülsün003She arrived in very windy and rainy weather conditions but was berthed without any problems.

MSC Gülsün012MSC Gülsün is a so called Megamax-24 type containership. Meaning 24 bays in length, 24 boxes on top of each other (12 below and 12 on deck) and 24 boxes in width.

MSC Gülsün025As MSC Gülsün arrived straight from Algeciras, Bremerhaven is now the very first port in the North Range to be called by such a huge vessel.

MSC Gülsün033The huge funnel is the result of an installation with SOx scrubbers
to comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur (oxide) emission regulations.

MSC Gülsün043In Bremerhaven vessels of this size need to berth with starbord side alongside and therefore are turned in a special turning area.

MSC Gülsün045MSC Gülsün was assisted by three tug boats. Two aft and one forward of the vessel.

MSC Gülsün049MSC Gülsün and all vessels of her size will be the first containerships to have more than 60 metres of width (61,51 m).

MSC Gülsün064After turning the vessel can proceed backwards towards her berth at MSCGate terminal, Bremerhaven.

MSC Gülsün077Almost there..

MSC Gülsün090MSC Gülsün was alongside in Bremerhaven for around 29 hours and left the port on time on the day after towards Gdansk, Poland.



AS Asturia

AS Asturia312 AS Asturia411 AS Asturia471AS Asturia is passing Bremen-Farge on February 19th, 2010.
Nice for photographers to see a container vessel on the river Weser, but very hard for the owner: The vessel is bound for Bremen Neustädter Hafen, where it will be laid up.
Built: 2000 | IMO No.: 9178290 | Gross tonnage: 26,047 | Flag: Liberia | Container capacity: 2,202 TEU