Gulftainer, the largest privately owned terminal operator in the Middle East, welcomed CSCL Mercury, the first vessel on China Shipping’s enhanced AEX7 joint service with United Arab Shipping Line, to its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) The service between CSCL and UASC, links leading ports across Asia and Northern Europe.
Cargo operations on the 10,500 teu vessel were completed ahead of schedule, achieving a gross productivity rate in excess of 150 moves per hour using four gantry cranes.
KCT’s terminal manager Dan Wright said: “The terminal is witnessing an exciting period in its expansion by drawing on the positive growth in global trade and the development of new services by leading shipping companies.”
The terminal is the only fully fledged operational container terminal in the UAE located outside the Strait of Hormuz. Due to its unique geographic location, it has been an important transshipment hub for the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Sub-continent, the Gulf of Oman and the East African markets.
The expanded Asia to Europe AEX7/AEC8 service has 11 ultra-large container vessels in its service, six vessels provided by CSCL and five by UASC. The vessel schedule covers ports in Belgium, Holland, Germany and France, then via the Suez Canal to Jeddah and after calling to Khorfakkan and Jebel Ali in the UAE, to the Far East covering Singapore, Korea and China.