MSC Asli (updated)

Posted: 10 September, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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MSC Asli

IMO : 9162631

Build : 2000 by Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai, China nr ??  as Norasia Salwa

Futuristic looking, odd angles, strange slopes, a rounded superstructure (partly). She is a very strange-looking vessel this MSC Asli. I have no idea what the designers had in or on their minds when they were sitting behind their sophisticated PC’s but I don’t think their visions came out as anticipated.

Also by the look of the strange little overhanging bit on the stern they forgot something during their brainstorming sessions and added it as an afterthought.


She once was blue, making here even more standing out from the regular boxy crowd.

And there is a sistership as well:


IMO : 9162643

Update (24-04-2009)

And I happened to stumble upon another sistership, going with the quit cute name:

MSC Kiwi

IMO : 9162605

I never knew blue kiwi’s existed!

And to make the Quartet complete:

MSC Caitlin

IMO :9169043

Although she doesn’t have that little hangover thingy on her stern the other 3 do have……and there is a bit of difference between the various hulls.

Update (12-09-2009)

And there is another one:


IMO : 9162629

And you know what: I’m actually starting to developing a bit of fondness for these vessels……or is that just too wrong?

I wonder how  many more of this type will surface??

  1. costablue says:

    looks like it got shaved by the pencil sharpener.

  2. Hembba says:

    I guess there were some aerodynamics being thought when they were designing that hull and superstructure. I’d really like to know if that form had any effect on fuel consumption…

  3. seabart says:

    Aerodynamics?? Are you kidding? With all those square boxes in front of it…..I don’t think they will save any fuel at all!!

  4. hembba says:

    In almost all of the pictures the containers don’t seem to come high over the forecastle, and they obviously had something in mind when designing this. I’ll bet MSC doesnt want to pay for cool appearance 😉

    Is here any engineer who can count how much work is required to move the box shaped superstructure of a similar size vessel to force 6 headwind?

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