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CMIT gets first ultra-large containership call in Cai Mep

CMIT gets first ultra-large containership call in Cai Mep
On 29 October APM Terminals’ Cai Mep International was the first terminal in the south Vietnam port to receive a call by a 14,000 teu ultra-large containership, CSCL STar.

The CSCL Star is deployed as part of the Ocean Three alliance and call marks the first Vietnam/Northern Europe direct service.

Also, last week, two feeder services have also started to call at CMIT to connect both the local Vietnamese export cargo and the international export cargo from Thailand and Cambodia, all transhipped through CMIT.

CMIT is a joint venture between the Vietnam-based Saigon Port, Vietnam National Shipping Lines and APM Terminals.

“This operation fits well into the vision of CMIT to be the first container hub port for domestic and international transhipment. The transhipment operation is also supported by the Vietnamese Government, as Vietnam positions itself within the Cai Mep deep-water container port group to best serve the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement which was agreed to in September”, said Robert Hambleton, general director, CMIT.

Vietnam Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and the VMS have funded the Cai Mep channel maintenance dredging. This recent work has brought the channel depth down to 13.2 m at low water, in time to receive the CSCL Star. “Collectively, the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and CMIT have created a new and distinctive advantage for the Cai Mep deep water port group, now capable of handling the 14,000 teu ULCs; a capability previously reserved for the Asean hubs in Singapore and Malaysia,” Nguyen Xuan Ky, CMIT deputy general director, commented.