Today in the Port of Gdynia, another record was set for the size of a ship visiting the local container terminal. In the morning, at the quay of the Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) docked container ship MSC Gaia with a capacity of nearly 14 000 TEU.
Today’s guest of Gdynia, MSC Gaia, is the largest container ship in the port so far in terms of carrying capacity (13,798 TEU). The previous such record was set in Gdynia by the container ship Cape Akritas with a capacity of 11,010 TEU (134,869 t deadweight, GT 112,836), which arrived in our port on 29 December 2021, and before that – in March 2019. – Cap San Juan carrying 10,600 TEU (123,101 t deadweight, GT 118,615).
In terms of gross tonnage, among the container record holders in the Port of Gdynia, MSC Gaia (GT 151,559) has also taken the lead, followed by the other two ships mentioned above, but in reverse order – Cap San Juan and Cape Akritas.
MSC Gaia scored a hat-trick in Gdynia today, as she is also the largest ship ever in Gdynia in terms of deadweight – 162,867 tonnes. Behind the new Gdynia container record-breaker, in terms of deadweight, are – as in the case of payload capacity – Cape Akritas and Cap San Juan.
Among the ships that call at the Port of Gdynia, the bulk carriers of the cape-size class are quite clearly larger in terms of carrying capacity – mostly above 170 000 tons. The largest of these to date in Gdynia was, in July 2017, the Frontier Jacaranda with a deadweight capacity of 182,757 t (at 93,198 gross tonnage).
However, neither cape-size bulk carriers nor container ships, led by the MSC Gaia, are the largest ships to have visited the Port of Gdynia so far.
Probably the second largest ship in Gdynia was the 330-metre VLCC-class tanker Front Page (IMO number 9248497; year of construction 2002; GT 156 916; deadweight 299 164 t), which was undergoing repairs at Hungarian Quay in 2006 (then operated by Euro-Cynk Sp. z o.o.).
In 1994, at the same quay (however, still belonging to the Gdynia Shipyard) an even larger tanker was moored, this time with a deadweight of over 300 thous. t, length of about 370 m and width of over 56 m. It was sent then to Gdynia, although its repair was carried out by Gdańsk Repair Yard, but the ship did not fit into the inner port of Gdańsk.
Photo:kpt.ż.w., pilot morski Jacek Pietraszkiewicz; Video: tosem.pl