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Super-carrier CSCL-Asia sets out from Hong Kong

THE world's largest full container vessel, the CSCL-Asia, kicked off its maiden voyage on July 13 from Hong Kong.

The China Shipping Container Lines vessel, which has a capacity of approximately 8,500 TEU, was the first of five 8,500 TEU container vessels that the company has ordered. The mainland company has also ordered eight 9,600 TEU mega vessels that are expected to begin operating in the next few years.

The CSCL-Asia is registered in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, CSCL's parent company the China Shipping Group has opened the world's first environmentally-friendly container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in the US, according to Xinhua.

The terminal is located at Berth 100 at the Port of Los Angeles. The news agency said electricity supply is provided at the wharf which can be converted through a transformer to make the voltage compatible to the vessel moored at the dock.

The report further explained that ships only have to plug-in to the supply and obtain what it described as "clean electricity supply" to operate equipment to load and discharge their cargoes.

Prior to this development, the report said, container vessels had to generate their own electricity supply with a diesel engine, which produce excessive exhaust fumes.