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11/11/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/11/2020 05:04

MSC awarded “Ship of the Year” at Seatrade Maritime Awards International 2020

Posted on 11/11/2020


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company won the 'Ship of the Year' award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards International 2020, which was held on 6 November in Shanghai, China.

MSC clinched the award for MSC FEBE, one of the ships from our latest Gülsün-Class of 23,000+ TEU vessels that has been added in 2019-2020 to our global shipping network. MSC FEBE was named the winning vessel among entries based on its energy efficiency, environmental impact, sustainability, adoption of new technology, safety and security.

Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC FEBE, with a total capacity of 23,756 TEU, sets a new standard in container shipping. MSC FEBE, along with her 10 sister ships in this class, are designed for the busiest trade lanes due to their high capacity. Currently, MSC FEBE is deployed on MSC's Asia-Europe trade.

'We are truly delighted to win this award which symbolises MSC's commitment to supporting global trade. This affirms how MSC FEBE and her sister vessels set a new standard in container shipping, not just in terms of capacity, but also especially in terms of environmental performance and safety. In addition to crew and cargo safety being the top priority for our ship management companies, we continue to invest in innovative ship design to maximise efficiency and minimise the impact on environment' said Giuseppe Gargiulo, Head of Newbuildings, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.

State-of-the-art design and engineering minimises the wind resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption and maximising energy efficiency. MSC FEBE is also one of MSC's vessels that obtained first in the world, a top 'FCS notation' from the classification society DNV in relation to fire safety on board. MSC FEBE boasts a new dual-tower fire-fighting system with high-capacity pumps and world's first on-deck firefighting monitors, installed to further enhance the safety of seafarers onboard and protect cargo carried across the whole deck of the ship. In addition, a unique thermal camera system was installed on MSC FEBE, to monitor irregularities and alert the crew to potential fires.

The Seatrade Maritime Awards International 2020 is one of the first major international shipping awards to be held physically since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The event was co-organised by the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), the first whole-listed port enterprise in China. The event was attended by over 200 guests in person with hundreds more joining globally online.