Keith Nuttall Gulftainer’s commercial manager, and terminal manager Dag Froehmcke, made a ‘maiden call’ presentation to the master, Captain Wilhelm Cubasch, on Friday 12 December to commemorate the historic occasion.
“KCT’s handling of the CMA CGM Vela was an important achievement for Gulftainer as it shows that we can handle these large container ships which are steadily increasing in number, with nearly 200 10,000 teu+ vessels on order over the next four years,” said Nuttall.
The CMA CGM Vela was built in the Daewoo South-Korean yard and is deployed on the FAL1 service linking Asia and Europe. She has a 15.5 m draught and a maximum speed of 24.6 knots.
KCT is strategically located on Sharjah’s Indian Ocean coast, outside the sensitive Straits of Hormuz, close to the main east-west shipping routes and only three hours from the UAE’s main centres of population, Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
“Both KCT and the Sharjah terminal are currently undergoing expansion to cater for more and bigger ships, said Peter Richards, Gulftainer’s director and general manager.