MSC Sindy

The MSC Sindy in Port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.
Name: MSC Sindy
Owner: Compania Naviera Sylvana SA[1]
Operator: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA[1]
Port of registry:  Panama[1]
Builder: Samsung Heavy Industries Company[1]
Yard number: 1611[1]
Completed: June 2007[2]
Identification: IMO number: 9336048 MMSI:372736000[1] Official No:3287507[1]
Status: In service[3]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 115000 tons[2]
Length: 336 m (1,102 ft)[1]
Beam: 43 m (141 ft)[1]
Draught: 15 m (49 ft)[1]
Depth: 27 m (88 ft) (moulded)[1]
Installed power: 68,519kW, 93,158hp[1]
Propulsion: 1 oil engine[1]
Speed: 25 kn[1]
Capacity: 9580 TEU[2]

MSC Sindy is one of many Mediterranean Shipping Company container ships in operation. It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries and is operated out of Panama.[1] This vessel is considered one of the largest container ships in the world.

Hull and engine

MSC Sindy is owned by Compania Naviera Sylvana SA and operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co SA. (MSC)[1] It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Company and its yard number is 1611.[1] The ship has a beam of 43 metres (141 ft) and a length of 336 metres (1,102 ft).[1] It has a draught of 15 metres (49 ft) and a moulded depth of 27m.[1] MSC Sindy is also the sister ship to the MSC Bruxelles.[4]

MSC Sindy uses a 12-cylinder, two-stroke oil engine developing 68,519 kilowatts (91,885 shp) and driving a single propeller.[1] The ship has 4 auxiliary generators, each rated at 2,950 kW.[1]

MSC Sindy can carry under 9,580 TEUs, 700 of which may be refrigerated containers.[2][5] This means the ship can carry 9,580 twenty-foot containers.[5] For comparison, the ship is 217 feet longer and 50 feet wider than the aircraft carrier Yorktown, a US Navy ship shown as the centerpiece at the Maritime Museum.[5] The ship's dead weight tonnage is 115 tons, and it has a gross tonnage of 107 tons.[2]


MSC Sindy visited the port of Baltimore on August 1, 2011 and it was the biggest ship yet to visit the port.[6] This record will not hold for longs as a bigger ship is expected to be built by early August 2012 and visit the port.[6] The ship unloaded more than 900 containers and reloaded again with another 500 while at the port.[6]

While being built, MSC Sindy went through 3 different names. Originally it was called MSC Sylvan. However, the summer before it was completed, it was changed to MSC Rosalba. Later that year it was again changed to MSC Sindy.[7]


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Svendsen & Tiedemann, Jan & Jan. "Container ship info". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. "MSC chips". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  4. "biz buzz". Proquest Newsstand. Virginian Pilot. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  5. 1 2 3 Slade, David. "Ships just get bigger;2 weeks after the massive MSC Bruxelles' visit, another 1,000-plus-footer on the way". Proquest Newstand. Charleston, S.C. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  6. 1 2 3 Dresser, Michael. "Biggest Yet, and Bigger Coming: Giant Vessel Expected to be Just Average Next Year". Proquest Newsstand. Tribune Publishing Company. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  7. Svendsen, Jan; Jan Tiedeman (May 2007). "The Containershipping -Newsletter" (PDF). Check date values in: |year=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
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