The world's largest newly built container ship, MSC IRINA ("Xinfu 102)," left the dock early on February 10. It has a total length of 399.99 meters, a width of 61.3 meters, a maximum height of 78.1 meters above the keel, a deck area of 24,000 square meters, equivalent to 3.3 standard football fields, and a maximum stack of 25 layers, equivalent to the height of a 22-story building. It can load a record 24,346 standard 20-foot containers at a time
The MSC IRINA and sister MSC LORETA belong to a group of 6 ships being built for MSC.. For comparison, container ships of the same size being built for MSC at Jiangnan Shipbuilding are reported to have a capacity of 24,116 TEUs.
New giants join MSC's rapid growth. Since equating to and then surpassing Maersk in early 2022, MSC has increased capacity by nearly 10% beyond 4.5 million TEU with 708 vessels according to Alphaliner's current calculations.
MSC is said to have another 125 ships on order with an additional capacity of 1.7 million TEUs.