MV Barzan

Barzan is an ultra large container ship. It is the first of a series of six 18,800 TEU container ships built in South Korea for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).[2] As of 2015, it stood among the largest container ships in the world.[5] According to the builder, it has carbon emissions far lower than the Maersk Triple E class container ships.[2]

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MV Barzan, as seen on the Elbe
Name: Barzan
Owner: UASC
Operator: Hapag-Lloyd
Port of registry: Malta Malta[1]
Ordered: 2013[2]
Builder: Hyundai Samho (Mokpo)
Yard number: S746
Launched: 2014
Christened: 29 April 2015
Completed: 2015
Maiden voyage: 08 May 2015
In service: 2015-Present
Fate: Active
Notes: Class DNV GL[3][4]
General characteristics
Class and type: A18-class container ship
  • 195,636 GT
  • 199,714 DWT
Length: 400 m (1,300 ft)
Beam: 58.6 m (192 ft)
Draught: 16 m (52 ft)
Decks: 10 upper low cargo area
Speed: 22.8 kn (42.2 km/h; 26.2 mph)
Capacity: 18,800 TEU
Crew: 35
Notes: Call Sign: 9HA3727


Barzān (Arabic: برزان‎ "high place"), is the name of towers used for observation in Qatar, which is a shareholding state in UASC. The towers were built more than a century ago by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, founder of Umm Salal Mohammed village in Qatar.


Barzan was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea in 2015.[6] She has a deadweight of 199,744 tonnes, and gross tonnage of 195,636.[2] It took the shipyard six months to build her (from steel cutting to launching).[7]

Classed under DNV GL as the first ship ever to have “Gas Ready” class notation, Barzan has, according to the builder, the lowest per-container level of carbon emissions.[2] Her "Energy Efficiency Design Index" is quoted as almost 50% less than the International Maritime Organization limit set for 2025.[4]

Ship Naming Ceremony in 2015

Ship and operationsEdit

Barzan is manned by a multinational crew.[4][8] As of August 2015, she was placed on the UASC service route of "AEC-1 Asia - Europe container service".[2] This route takes her to the ports of North China (Qingdao), Central China (Shanghai and Ningbo), South China (Yantian), South East Asia (Port Kelang and Singapore), and four North European ports (London Gateway, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge).[2] Barzan is managed by UASC Kuwait and classed with DNV GL.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ de:UASC A18-Klasse, Retrieved 2015[circular reference]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Press release - Delivery of MV Barzan". UASC official website. UASC - United Arab Shipping Company. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Barzan (33829)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ a b c "Naming of UASC containership Barzan sees first vessel with DNV GL's new GAS READY class notation hit the water". DNV GL. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Barzan". DNV. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ McAlpine, Andrew (7 March 2015). "No fanfares or marching bands, but UASC Barzan is the new largest containership". Loadstar UK News. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Time Lapse - The construction of MV Barzan". UASC Official website. UASC - United Arab Shipping Company. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "World's Greenest Ultra Large Container Vessel". Green 4 Sea Magazine. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Barzan - SHip Particulars". Equasis. Retrieved 24 August 2015.

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