Giant Boxship Docks at Hamburg
At the beginning of September the new flagship of the Chinese shipping company COSCO Container Lines Ltd docked at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. The ‘CosCo Asia’ with its slot capacity of 10,062 TEU, is the largest container ship to have entered the Port of Hamburg to date.
The unloading and loading of the containerised cargo was handled by HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). Measuring 349m LOA, Cosco Asia is deployed by COSCO as part of its ‘AE4’ Asia-Europe line service.
On its first eastward voyage, after Hamburg, calls are to be made at Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Antwerp Singapore, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong and Nansha. The shipping company is planning to incorporate an additional seven newbuilds of this size into its China-Europe route by the end of 2008