With the departure of container ship Marseille Maersk, a new draught record for container ships has been reached in the port of Rotterdam. The ship that sailed from the Princess Amaliahaven to Malaysia had a draught of 17.30 metres. The previous record was 17.10 metres.

Incidentally, the port of Rotterdam is equipped for greater depths. The draught for incoming ships is 22.50 metres. Outgoing ships can still leave the port without any problems at a depth of up to 21.50 metres. Oil tankers and iron ore ships in particular make use of the maximum permitted depth.

Source: ANP

Picture: The Marseille Maersk in Rotterdam (by Kees Torn).