The first trial was on the \”Eleonora Maersk\” arriving from the Suez Canal’s North Bound Convoy, with a draft of 14.9 m which berthed alongside before re-joining the convoy to continue the voyage to the West.
The second trial took place on Friday, October 5 when the \”Edith Maersk\” approached the terminal from the North, completing a 180 degree manoeuvre in the turning basin. The 397 m vessel with a 14.8 m draft completed the operation with the aid of three tug boats.
This was the first time that any Egyptian Port has received a vessel this size.
Klaus Laursen, CEO of SCCT commented: “This is a significant moment in Egyptian maritime history. Both trials would not have been possible without the cooperation and leadership of both the Suez Canal Authority and the Port Said Port Authority.”
\”With these two successful trials, SCCT is now open for vessels with a LOA of 397 m and beam 56.4 m (22 containers)\” added Jan Buijze, COO at SCCT.
SCCT, located at Port Said East, is a joint venture in which APM Terminals is the majority shareholder. The terminal officially opened in December of 2004 and is one of the largest container ports on the Mediterranean Sea. An expansion project is currently under way to double its capacity to 5.4m teu by end of the project. Throughput at SCCT was 3.2m teu in 2011 with productivity of 35 moves/hour.
Additional improvements are planned at the terminal.