Tuesday , 17 September 2019
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After an absence of five years, “K” Line has returned to the Italian Port of La Spezia with the arrival of the 8,500 teu containership ‘Helsinki Bridge’, on its maiden call in the Far East - Mediterranean service (MD1) to La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT). The line’s previous vessel calling at the port was in August 2007.

“K” Line returns to La Spezia

At 220 m LOA and 32 m beam, the ‘Helsinki Bridge’ reflects the change in tonnage, with increasingly larger ships in the Mediterranean, confirming LSCT infrastructure developments to accommodate the latest generations of containerships.

On welcoming the vessel to the facility, general manager, Michele Giromini, said, “We started our latest quay cranes investment plan two years ago and today we are the only container terminal in the north Tyrrhenian Sea able to operate simultaneously two ULCC’s ships of 14,000 teu”.

Carlo Besozzi, President and managing director of “K” Line Italia, said, “Considering the ships operated within the CKYH alliance, in the last year we increased our volumes by more than 30% in La Spezia. Our clients benefit from the substantial number of rail connections, which ensures that La Spezia is one of the most environmentally friendly logistic gateways in South Europe”.

In December La Spezia Port and in particular LSCT, recorded a 4.1% increase in container movements compared to the same month 2011. Lorenzo Forcieri, President of La Spezia Port Authority, said, “We trust 2013 will mark the economic recovery and this important new “K” Line service represents a tangible step forward.

The port rotation of the MD1 service includes: Quingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Suez, Piraeus, La Spezia, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Piraeus, Suez, Singapore, Hong Kong.