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The new containership MSC Zoe is dragged backwards to the Euro Gate Terminal.jpg
The new containership MSC Zoe on tow at the Eurogate Terminal
Name: MSC Zoe
Owner: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Operator: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Port of registry: Panama Panama
Completed: 2015
Identification:IMO number9703318[1]
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Tonnage: 192,237 GT
Displacement: 199,272 DWT
Length: 395.4 m (1,297 ft)
Beam: 59 m (194 ft)
Draught: 14.5 m (48 ft)
Installed power: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C two-stroke diesel engine; output: 62.5 MW (83,800 hp)[2]
Propulsion: Single five-blade propeller; blade length: 10.5 m (34 ft)[2]
Speed: 22.8 kn (42.2 km/h; 26.2 mph)[3][4]
Capacity: 19,224 TEU
Crew: 22 (lifeboat capacity = 35)[3]

MSC Zoe (along with MSC Oscar and MSC Oliver) is one of the largest container ships in the world (as of August 2015).[5][6] It is the third of a series of ships built by MSC, after MSC Oscar and MSC Oliver.[7]


MSC Zoe takes her name from the four year old grand daughter of Gianluigi Aponte, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) president and chief executive.[3]


MSC Zoe was built by Daewoo in South Korea for $140m.[3]

Ship's particulars[edit]

At the length of 395 metres, Zoe has a draft of 16 meters. She has a capacity of 19,224 TEU and a Displacement of 199,272 tonnes.


The vessel's main engine is a two-stroke MAN B&W 11S90ME-C diesel engine, which is a height of 15.5 m (51 ft), a length of 25 m (82 ft) and a breadth of 11 m (36 ft).[2][4] The engine has a maximum continuous rating of 62.5 MW (83,800 hp) at 82.2 rpm and a normal continuous rating of 56.25 MW (75,430 hp) at 79.4 rpm.[2]

Loss of containers at sea[edit]

Salvaged container at Terschelling beach

On 1 January 2019 at least 345 containers went overboard on the North Sea.[8] About 200 containers lost north of the island Terschelling, the remaining containers north of Borkum.[9] 19 of the containers and their contents – including organic peroxides, children's toys, shoes, bags, cushions, chairs, televisions, and plastic packaging – washed ashore on the Dutch islands of Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog and German island Borkum in the Wadden Sea, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve.[10][11][12] The Dutch Safety Board started an investigation into the case.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MSC ZOE". MarineTraffic. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "MSC Oscar Container Ship, Panama". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Parkinson, Justin (11 March 2015). "On board the world's biggest ship". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "MAN B&W S90ME-C10.2" (PDF). MAN Diesel & Turbo. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "MSC Oscar". MSC. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ Stromberg, Joseph (8 January 2015). "The MSC Oscar just became the world's biggest container ship". Vox. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ Stackhouse, Laura (13 January 2015). "The MSC Oscar has already stolen the CSCL Globe's 'biggest ship' title". Marine Trader Online. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ "MSC Zoe verloor geen 291 maar 345 zeecontainers". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. ^ Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid onderzoekt overboord slaan containers Nos News, 10 january 2019
  10. ^ "Islands hit as 270 containers fall off ship". BBC News. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  11. ^ Rijkswaterstaat: 222 containers gelokaliseerd (update) RTV Noord, 6 january 2019
  12. ^ "Photos: MSC Zoe Loses Containers in North Sea". The Maritime Executive. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. ^ a b "MSC Zoe takes bow in triple-first". Lloyds List. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "MSC Oscar becomes the world's largest boxship". Lloyds List. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Video: 19,224 TEU MSC Maya Christened in Antwerp". Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  16. ^ McAlpine, Andrew. "World's Largest Container ship makes UK Debut". Linked In. Retrieved 30 November 2015.