Triple-E class vessels begin calling deepened Port Said EastNews // March 14, 2017
The 18,300 TEU capacity Mette Maersk recently became the second Triple-E class vessel to call an Egyptian port, and the first with a commercial stop at the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) at Port Said East, discharging 2,162 containers on a Far East/Europe service westbound leg.
In February, Mette’s sister ship Maren Maersk became the largest vessel ever to call a terminal in Egypt, when it arrived for a trial visit to the recently deepened APM Terminals terminal facility at the mouth of the Suez Canal in the Mediterranean.
With the side channel and port basin dredged to a depth of 18.5m, SCCT can now fully accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), including the Maersk Triple-E class vessels.
APM Terminals, the majority shareholder of SCCT, partnered with the Egyptian government and local authorities to complete a dredging project to increase the operational potential of terminal, which is expanding its annual container throughput capacity to 5.4 million TEUs.
The successful calls of the Triple-E class vessels have demonstrated that Port Said East is now fully capable of handling the world’s latest-generation container ships.
“With 2,400m of quay with a depth of 17.5-18.5m, and after putting into operation six Triple-E class-compatible cranes, we are able to accommodate the world’s largest container ships, of up to 400m in length, at a maximum depth of 17m,” said SCCT Terminal Manager Jan Buijze.