On October 29, 2015 CMIT (Cai Mep International Terminal) received the maiden call of the m/v CSCL Star, the ultra large container vessel 157.000 DWT, in excess of 14,000 TEU capacity. She has been deployed within the Ocean 3 Alliance, as part of their first direct service to Northern Europe.
Notably, within the 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 transshipped through CMIT. “This operation fits well into the vision of CMIT, being the first container hub port for the domestic and international transshipment. The transshipment operation is also supported by the Vietnamese Government, as Vietnam positions itself within the Cai Mep deep-water container port group, in order to best serve the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, recently agreed in September”, said Robert Hambleton, General Director, CMIT
The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and the VMS have all played a crucial role in making this ULCV call happened. Essential state funds have been made available in order to speed up the Cai Mep channel maintenance dredge. This recent work has brought the channel depth down to 13.2 metres at low water, in time to receive the CSCL Star. “Collectively, the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and CMIT have therefore just created a new and distinctive advantage for the Cai Mep deep water port group, now capable of handling the 14,000 TEU ULCV; a capability previously reserved for the ASEAN hubs in Singapore and Malaysia.”. Nguyen Xuan Ky, CMIT Deputy General Director, revealed.
A welcome event to mark this call was organized by CMIT on this day; and those in attendance included some of the most senior officials of the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and the Local Province, together with the Danish Ambassador herself.