Press Release

HMM Algeciras, the largest container ship worldwide, on its way to Rotterdam

On Wednesday 3 June, HMM Algeciras will call on Rotterdam during its maiden voyage. Around 2 p.m., the vessel will be mooring at Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) in Amaliahaven to transfer containers. Algeciras is the most recent vessel to hold the title of world’s largest container ship.

HMM Algeciras

At maximum capacity, the ship carries slightly more 20-foot containers than its predecessor MSC Gülsün: 23,964 TEU versus 23,756 TEU. During this maiden voyage, HMM Algeciras will have 19,621 TEU on board – itself a record number.

The Korean vessel was completed at Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering’s Okpo shipyard on 24 April. It is some 400 metres long and 61 metres wide. For further information about Algeciras, we refer you to the video at "Biggest Container Ship in the World 2020".


HMM is the new name for the South Korean ship-owner Hyundai Merchant Marine, the ninth-largest container shipping line worldwide. The company has ordered another eleven 24,000-TEU vessels in this class.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will not be arranging a vessel for journalists wishing to report on this port call. However, the Port Authority will be shooting video footage from the water, which it will share with the press. Those wishing to produce their own footage are advised to be present at Smickel-Inn ‘Balkon van Europa’, Slag Maasmond 10, in the Maasvlakte dunes around 12 noon, or – slightly later – at Antarcticahaven (port numbers 8244 through 8249). On Wednesday morning, 3 June, we will confirm whether or not the vessel will be arriving at its previously announced ETA.

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