At the beginning of September the new flagship of the Chinese shipping company COSCO Container Lines, Ltd. docked at the Port of Hamburg for the first time. The COSCO Asia, with its slot capacity of 10,062 teu, is the largest container ship to have entered the Port of Hamburg to date. The unloading and loading of the containerized cargo was handled by HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).

This container giant with a length of 349 meters is deployed by COSCO as part of its ‘AE4’ Asia-Europe line service. On its first eastward voyage, after Hamburg, the following ports of call are serviced:

Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Singapore, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong and Nansha.

This container giant, constructed in the Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard, has a length of 349 meters, a breadth of 45.60 meters and has a slot capacity of 10,062 teu (20-foot standard containers). The maximum draught of the COSCO Asia is 14.50 m.

The shipping company is planning to incorporate an additional seven newbuilds of this size into its China - Europe route by the end of 2008.