In addition to CSCT’s share, the new shareholding regime sees APM Terminals (APMT) currently holding a 51% majority in the Zeebrugge terminal, with the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) holding 25%, which it acquired in 2010.
Commenting on the arrival of the first CSCL vessel, Mark Geilenkirchen, managing director APM Terminals Zeebrugge, said: “This new service adds more supply chain options for importers and exporters in the Hamburg-Le Havre range; we will apply our high productivity skills to these vessels and the future 18,400 TEU ships from CSCL”.
Shanghai-based CSCL was established by the China Shipping Group in 1997 and is now ranked as the world’s ninth largest shipping company, with 142 vessels. The line recently ordered five 18,400 teu capacity vessels, representing what will be the largest containerships in the world.
Located close to the main shipping routes in North-Western Europe, the terminal has a 900 m long quay wall serviced by seven post-Panamax STS cranes with 23-container wide reach. Expansion of the quay wall by a further 400 m is nearing completion and will accommodate two large vessels simultaneously, with ample space for barges and feeders.
Last year the Port of Zeebrugge handled approximately 2.2m teu.