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Hamburg Celebrated the Christening of MSC Zoe

MSC Germany hosted the maiden call and christening of MSC Zoe at the Hamburg terminal on Sunday, 2 August 2015

On Sunday, 2 August 2015, MSC welcomed business partners and their families, the vessels’ shipbuilders DSME, classification society DNV-GL, local authorities and financiers to attend the christening of today’s world largest container ship. The vessel was named after the daughter of MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Mr. Pierfrancesco Vago and MSC Group CFO Mrs. Alexa Aponte Vago. MSC Zoe is the third of the company’s ‘Oscar class’ series of 19,224 TEU vessels.

Named after Four-Year old Daughter

The christening ceremony is an important moment in the life of the ship and her crew and is an occasion steeped in tradition. It involves the exchange of the vessels crest, breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull and the ceremonial ribbon cutting on the bridge. Mr. and Mrs. Vago, together with four-year old Zoe, attended the event along with close friends and family.

Facts about MSC’s Oscar Class Vessel MS Zoe

The vessel, built in Okpo, South Korea, operates on the SWAN service between Asia and North Europe.
Length (LOA): approx. 395.4 m
Breadth MLD: 59.0 m
Service speed: 22.8 knots at design draft
Gross tonnage: 193,000 tons
Crew: up to 35 crew members on board.

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