Maiden call of 18,000 TEU container vessel at CMIT, celebrating the largest vessel ever to call at a Vietnamese port

The m/v Margrethe Maersk 18,300 TEU at CMIT

The m/v Margrethe Maersk 18,300 TEU at CMIT

Cai Mep, Baria Vung Tau, Vietnam – On February 20, 2017 CMIT (Cai Mep International Terminal), a joint venture between Vinalines, Saigon Port and APM Terminals, received the trial call of the m/v Margrethe Maersk 194,000 DWT, the EEE-Class vessel of Maersk Line, in excess of 18,000 TEU capacity. She has been deployed as part of the direct service between Asia and Northern Europe within 2M alliance.

“Through its capability in accommodating this vessel, CMIT confirms its own vision as well as that of the Cai Mep port complex, as set out by the Vietnamese Government. The arrival of the Margrethe Maersk is a major milestone for CMIT and for Vietnam towards this vision, as it demonstrates that the Terminal can serve as a regional transshipment hub for the Southeast Asian cargoes, particularly destined for the Vietnam/Northern Europe trade lane”, said Robert Hambleton, General Director, CMIT

“The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and the Vung Tau Port Authority have all played a crucial role in making a success of this 18,000 TEU vessel trial call. Collectively, the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine, CMIT and Maersk Line together with other relevant stakeholders have created an unprecedentedly close collaboration, in an effort to make the Cai Mep deep water port become one of only a few ports in South East Asia, which is capable of accommodating the 18,000 TEU vessel’s. It follows that this call brings a distinctive opportunity for further development in Cai Mep”, Nguyen Xuan Ky, CMIT Deputy General Director, revealed.

A welcome event to mark this trial call was organized by CMIT on that day; those in attendance included some of the most senior officials of the Ministry of transport, Vinamarine and the Local Province.

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Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

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Cai Mep International Terminal Co., Ltd.

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About CMIT

Cai Mep International Terminal Co., Ltd. (CMIT) was established on January 26, 2007 as a joint venture between the Vietnam-based Saigon Port, Vietnam National Shipping Lines and APM Terminals BV. CMIT is located strategically in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. This modern and efficient container terminal facility offers shipping lines and their clients fast and direct access to and from the main shipping markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas.  It is CMIT’s policy to conduct its activities in a manner that protects the health and safety of its employees and communities.

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Shareholders background statements:

Saigon Port within the port system of the Vietnam Maritime sector is one output port and unloading capacity of the National Top. With over 150 years of history, has made outstanding achievements contribute to the economic development of the country, Saigon Port has been the President awarded the title Hero of Labor of the outstanding achievements from 1986 1995, contributed to the cause of building socialism and national defense.

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Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) was established in April 1995 and after over 20 years of operation and development, has become a leading company in Vietnam’s shipping, seaport operation and maritime services, owning over 40 subsidiaries all over the nation with the mission of trading goods and providing a perfect service supply chain to the company’s partners and clients, contributing to the successful implementation of the Vietnam Maritime Strategy.

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APM Terminals is a leading global port operator with a presence in 69 countries with 72 container terminals and 140 inland services facilities providing the world’s most geographically balanced global terminal network. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, APM Terminals works with shipping lines, importers/exporters, governments, business leaders and the entire global supply chain to provide solutions that help nations achieve their ambitions and business reach their performance goals.

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