Cai Mep-Thi Vai deep-water port cluster welcomes giant container ship
Friday, 31/03/2023 15:00 (GMT+7)
The OOCL Spain with a capacity of 24,188 TEUs, one of the world’s largest container ships, docked at Cai Mep - Thi Vai deep-water port cluster in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, on March 30.
|Giant container ship docked at Cai Mep - Thi Vai port cluster. (Photo: sggp.org.vn)
This is also the largest ever container ship docking in Vietnam’s port system.
The container ship began service on February 16, 2023, with a length of nearly 400m and a width of 61.3m, with a total tonnage of 225,000 DWT and owned by OOCL, the largest container shipping and logistics service company of Hong Kong (China). It has been awarded 3 certifications for “Smart Ship” friendly with the environment by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
This is the first voyage of OOCL Spain on the Asia-Europe LL3 route with a series of ports: Shanghai - Xiamen - Nansha - Hong Kong (China) - Yantian - Cai Mep - Singapore -Piraeus - Hamburg - Rotterdam - Zeebrugge - Valencia - Piraeus – Abu Dhabi – Singapore – Shanghai, lasting 84 days.
Mr. Do Cong Khanh, welcoming the giant container ship, said it further strengthened the important role of Cai Mep - Thi Vai deep-water port cluster on transcontinental maritime routes. The event is a proud milestone, opening a new phase of development for Gemalink Port in particular, Cai Mep port cluster and Vietnam’s maritime industry in general.
Gemalink port, under Cai Mep - Thi Vai deep-water port cluster, was put into operation from January 2021 and named among the world’s top 19 commercial ports, capable of receiving the new generation of megaships. With a water depth in front of the wharf up to -16.5m, Gemalink can accommodate the world’s largest container ships with a tonnage of up to 250,000 DWT./.