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Cai Mep welcomes first of seven new services

Cai Mep welcomes first of seven new services
Cai Mep is capable of handling mega vessels

Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) has welcomed a new service connecting Vietnam with the US East Coast, as it gears up for a busy period with seven new services calling the port in 2021.

The new vessel calls will bring the total number of services calling Cai Mep up to 31 per week, including 19 direct US weekly calls.

The terminal, in which APM Terminals has a 49% share, handled 5,000 teu in around 23 hours when the Porto Kagio arrived on the new TP23/LIBERTY/ZSE service. This is the fourth direct 2M Alliance and ZIM Line US market service to call CMIT.

The carriers are looking to meet increase shipping demand, provide more options for importers and exporters and boost the Vietnam-US connection.

Additionally, the new AWE6/ VCE service connects Cai Mep with other terminals on the rotation between Asia and the US East Coast.

COSCO and OOCL now have three weekly services connecting Cai Mep with the US. On it first call at CMIT in June, the COSCO HELLAS loaded around 3,500 teu destined for the US.

A COSCO representative noted: “The new service plays an important role for us by marking COSCO and OOCL’s market expansion in Vietnam.”

CMIT is currently the only terminal in Vietnam approved to handle ultra-large vessels and last year received Maersk Line’s EEE vessel Margrethe Maersk with close to 20,000 TEU, the largest container vessel ever to call Vietnam.

Nguyen Xuan Ky, CEO of Cai Mep International Terminal, said: “To serve the increased demand in container shipping, CMIT continued to invest in equipment and human resources in 2021, with the aim of increasing terminal capacity and ensuring high handling productivity.”