The Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) has announced the welcomed arrival of the MV Mayview Maesrk mega vessel, which called at its Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT).
The Mayview Maersk is one of the largest container vessels in the world and marked the second arrival of a mega vessel in two months at RSGT, bolstering the facility’s ambition of attracting larger ships.
Nabeel AlAmoudi, president of Saudi Ports Authority (SPA), said: “We consider ourselves as the home of Mega Vessels in the Red Sea, and we are proud to see Maersk Line use the terminal. RSGT continues to invest in qualified manpower and advanced equipment to ensure a smooth and reliable operation while maintaining the highest standard of quality and customer service.”
The Mayview Maersk is part of the Maersk Line’s Triple E vessel class, and designed to transport 18,000 teu. The vessel features an overall length of 399 m, width of 60 m beam, and a maximum speed of 23 knots. The mega vessel is designed to reduce fuel consumption by 37% and CO2 emissions per container by 50%, with twin 32MW, 43,000hp diesel engines.
The vessel is currently serving the Asia – Europe route, covering ports from Far East, Asia, Mediterranean and Europe. For this call, RSGT is expected to handle around 2,000 container moves on the vessel.
RSGT serves vessels calling from the Far East, Asia, the Gulf, Europe, Americas and the Red Sea. The terminal has management technology, and skilled manpower along with a 300 m wide dedicated navigation channel, 16.5 m deep water draught, 650 m wide turning basin and 10 super post-Panamax quay cranes.
Since June 2011, RSGT has handled more than 400 mega vessel calls, with an average of four mega vessels calling regularly per week in 2015.