French.china.org.cn | Updated on 08-07-2020
Xiamen, a coastal city in the Chinese province of Fujian, on July 7 solemnly welcomed the HMM GDANSK, the world’s largest container ship, which docked at the Songyu wharf in the Haicang port area.
During the ceremony organized with a “hedge of honor of water” to greet the ship, Chen Zhiping, president of the port group of Xiamen and Fujian Silk Road Sea Transport Operations Co Ltd, presented a plaque with the title of member of the Maritime Silk Road Alliance to Kenny Yoo, President of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) in southern China and Hong Kong, to mark membership from South Korean society to the alliance.
Measuring 399.99 meters long with a displacement of 224,900 tonnes, the HMM GDANSK is nicknamed the “new king of container ships”, even though it is capable of carrying 24,000 standard containers on board.
As one of the ten largest shipping companies in the world, HMM has a service network consisting of some sixty shipping routes serving some one hundred home ports.
Built and launched in South Korea, the HMM GDANSK is expected to travel 12,000 nautical miles (22,224 km) on its maiden voyage to Western Europe, passing through the South China Sea, the Strait of Malacca , the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar before reaching the ports of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany) and Antwerp (Belgium).
One of the few natural ports open to class ships over 200,000 tonnes, the port of Xiamen has hosted ten times since the start of this year the world’s largest container ships of the previous generation.