King Abdullah Port has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships, the 23,656 teu MSC Mina, on its first visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The ship measures 400 m long, has a breadth of 61 m, a draft of 16.5 m and is able to accommodate 24 rows of containers with a height of 13 containers per row.
MSC Mina, which is classified among MSC’s Megamax-24 category, helps reduce fuel consumption on the container level therefore helping to reduce overall transport costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
King Abdullah Port has a longstanding relationship with MSC as it announced a partnership with the shipping line in 2013 and one year later received the MSC London, the largest container ship to dock at a Saudi port at the time.
The port is able to handle large vessels like the MSC Mina, due to its 18 m deep berths. It is also equipped with cranes that have a lifting capacity of 65 tonnes and the ability to handle 25 containers.
As part of its container terminal expansion project, King Abdullah Port also purchased 28 Liebherr cranes that are expected to be operational at the beginning of 2020.