Vietnam Welcomes Its Largest Boxship to Date

CMA CGM Marco Polo

Earlier this month, Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) welcomed the largest container vessel to ever call a Vietnamese port.

The 16,022 TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo called at the terminal on January 11, 2019, as part of its FAL 3 Asia to Europe Trade Service.

Featuring a length of 396 meters and a width of 53.6 meters, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) is owned by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

CMIT is a deep-sea container terminal which operates since 2018 with a license to handle container vessels up to 194,000 dwt — the largest vessels currently sailing the world’s oceans. The facility is a joint venture between APM Terminals, Vinalines and Saigon Port and started operations in Cai Mep in 2011.

“CMA CGM is fully mobilized to support Vietnam on its impressive path to rapid economic growth and will help shape its logistics and maritime infrastructures… We are confident that Vietnam will develop into a key international maritime and logistics hub in the coming years,” Bruno Gutton, General Director of CMA CGM Vietnam, said.

Shipping lines are expected to deploy larger tonnage in Vietnam in the near future due to the strong economic growth of the South Vietnamese economy and its increasing importance and connectivity to the global markets.

Image Courtesy: CMIT

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