The largest container ship which has ever docked in Piraeus arrived in Greece’s largest port on Monday. The behemoth belongs to the Chinese conglomerate COSCO.
The COSCO Shipping Line’s “Nebula” was delivered to its owners in October of 2018. It can carry more than 21,000 twenty-foot-equivalent shipping containers, or TEU’s.
A sister ship of the previously-delivered COSCO “Universe”, the “Nebula” has an total length of 400 meters (1312 feet), is 58.6 meters (192 feet) wide, has a moulded depth of 33.5 meters (110 feet), and draws 16 meters (52 feet).
It has a design speed of 22 knots, a maximum deadweight of 198,000 tons, and a maximum load of 21,237 TEUs.
In the decade since it took over the port of Piraeus, the Chinese giant COSCO has remade it into the second-largest in the Mediterranean. And it has ambitious plans to do more, as China seeks to increase investments in the country.
The maritime conglomerate is a Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supply company which ranks third in the world both in the number of container ships and in aggregate container volume.