"It is extremely pleasing that MSC is using its largest vessel for its Gothenburg service. This means a great deal for Sweden's competitiveness as these giants offer industry a direct service to the Far East and other parts of the world," said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive.
MSC Maya is a vessel in the super post panamax class*, which requires extra deep and extra wide fairways as well as the very largest cranes. The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden that can receive vessels in this class.
"Thanks to a substantial and highly focused investment programme over the years, the Port of Gothenburg can accommodate vessels of this size," said Magnus Kårestedt.
Widespread interest among the general public
There was enormous interest among the people of Gothenburg prior to arrival. Places on the guided tours around the Port of Gothenburg, run in collaboration with the Maritime Museum, were quickly taken. Just one hour after the booking office opened even the extra tours that had been arranged were fully booked.
But those who want to catch a glimpse of the vessel can still do so as she is expected to remain at the container terminal until late Wednesday evening. Particularly good vantage points are Långedrag, Nya varvet and the Älvsborg Bridge.
Images and film from the visit
This press release includes images. The darker images, including the film clip, were taken when MSC Maya was on her way to Skandiahamnen. The brighter pictures (taken today, December 22, at around 8.30am) show MSC Maya docked at the APM Terminals container terminal at Skandiahamnen. All images: Port of Gothenburg.
High resolution images are avaliable at the Port och Gothenburg Image Gallery. A film clip from the visit is available here.
* Super post panamax refers to ships that are too wide to pass through the Panama Canal.