Cai Mep port gets two new quay cranes

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HCMC - Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has taken delivery of the first two of a total of six quay cranes designed to handle huge ships.

Cai Mep port gets two new quay cranes

By Phuong Tran - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has taken delivery of the first two of a total of six quay cranes designed to handle huge ships.

The Super Post-Panamax Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes can handle the largest vessels currently afloat, said Michael Them Rasmussen, general director of CMIT.

With an outreach of 22 container bays, the new cranes will be able to serve vessels up to a size of 15,000 TEUs when CMIT opens for business on March 15 this year.

“CMIT will be the first container terminal in Vietnam to cater to this size of container vessel and will be complemented by direct access to the newly dredged Cai Mep Terminal Channel offering a minimum water depth of -14m,” Rasmussen said.

Shipping lines have shown interest in southern Vietnam in recent months with twelve vessel strings already offering direct liner services between Cai Mep and North America, Europe and the Mediterranean, and with a further three new services recently announced.

“With the new deep water access, and the continuing flow of new buildings exceeding 10,000 TEUs into the Asia-Europe trades, interest in bringing larger and larger container vessels to Vietnam has continued.

“Vessels exceeding 11,000 TEU in size have recently been announced for direct European services calling at Cai Mep, and CMIT will be ideally placed to handle such services.”

Container volume at HCMC and Cai Mep ports surged by 21% in the first eleven months of 2010, leading to a full year 2010 estimated throughput of over 4.3 million TEUs.

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