No strain as 'Andromeda' visits Southampton

'Andromeda' is the biggest capacity boxship to visit DP World Southampton

DP World Southampton, the UK’ s second largest container terminal, set a record for the largest container ship it has ever handled when the CMA CGM Andromeda arrived at the weekend as part of its inaugural deployment between Asia and Europe.

The 363m LOACMA CGM Andromeda weighs in at 131,000 gross tons and has a capacity of up to 11,400 TEU. It was carrying dry cargo such as manufactured goods destined for the high street and is the latest in a succession of record arrivals for DP World Southampton.

In February, Marit Maersk was the longest ever vessel to call in at Southampton. It is 4m longer than CMA CGM Andromeda but has less carrying capacity.

Last November the CMA CGM Vela, at 347m and with an 11,040 TEU capacity, took the crown from the CMA CGM Orfeo before being eclipsed by the CMA CGM Andromeda.

The latest vessel is also reportedly one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the world. Its Fast Oil Recovery System eliminates the need to hole the vessel’s hull to recover bunkers in the event of an emergency or a sinking. The ship’s electronically controlled main engine is able to optimize fuel and lubricants consumption, which are respectively reduced by 3% and 25%. Other green measures include onboard waste recycling and a module that allows the vessel to plug into alternative power sources.

Campbell Mason, managing director of DP World Southampton said, ‘This is another milestone in the container port’s history. A key reason for our heavy investment in enhanced operational capability, such as super post-panamax cranes, is to meet the ongoing industry trend toward larger vessels which enable shipping lines to derive economies of scale. We are growing to meet our customers’ needs.’

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