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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

UAE's Gulftainer Welcomes One of the Largest Containerships in the World

UAE's Gulftainer Welcomes One of the Largest Containerships in the World Gulftainer

Gulftainer-operated Khorfakkan Container Terminal Welcomes CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery, One of the Largest Containerships in the World.

• 20,600-TEU vessel deployed on French Asia Line 1 service
• Largest-ever vessel call at KCT

Sharjah-UAE: 09 April, 2018Gulftainer welcomed the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery on its maiden call at its flagship Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT). With a capacity of 20,600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), the 400-metre ship is one of the largest containerships in the world and marks KCT’s largest ever vessel call.

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, currently operates a diversified fleet of 445 vessels with a combined capacity of over two million TEU. The company deployed the newbuilding on its French Asia Line 1 service, which connects Asia to Northern Europe. Prior to its arrival at KCT, the vessel, which is longer than 4 football fields and bigger than the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower had made calls in a number of major ports within Europe.

Speaking on the occasion, Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer, said: “We are delighted to welcome the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery, at our flagship Khorfakkan Container Terminal. Receiving one of the largest containerships in the world signifies our ability to deliver the highest standards of operational efficiency, which is of tremendous value to large vessels such as this. It represents another achievement for Gulftainer and is a testament to our strengthening relationship with the CMA CGM group, as well as their confidence in us.”

The Journal of Commerce has recognised KCT, Gulftainer’s flagship terminal, as the fastest terminal in the MENA region and third-fastest in the world. Its strategic location on the main Asia Europe trade lane, combined with the ability to connect the Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and East Coast of Africa, makes KCT an ideal hub for main line carriers. In the UAE, the company also operates the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and the container operations at Hamriya Port on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority.

With recent upgrades, including the deployment of the Marine and Container Handling (MACH) terminal operating system (TOS), and infrastructure improvements such as new specialized crane equipment, KCT is well-positioned to meet the needs of customers serving newer, larger ships, and to handle higher volumes per call. The terminal is also highly efficient and has a very successful track record at handling alliance volumes, with multiple operators on the same vessel.

Richards added: “Given the fast-paced changes in the industry, we are constantly reviewing our services and capabilities across our portfolio. While KCT has traditionally been used as a transhipment hub, we are increasingly receiving gateway cargo as well, which we see as a massive opportunity going forward.”

About Gulftainer
Gulftainer is the world's largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in the emirate of Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built up a strong presence in various parts of the world. Gulftainer won the 'Technology Implementation of the Year' category in the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017. In 2017 and 2016, The Seatrade Maritime Awards named Gulftainer the Terminal Operator of the Year in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa region. Logistics Middle East Awards 2018 shortlisted Gulftainer for the Supply Chain Hub of the year and CSR.

In the UAE, the company operates two main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal, Hamriyah Port and Khorfakkan Container Terminal. Its flagship terminal, KCT, was recognised by the Journal of Commerce as the fastest terminal in the MENA region and the third-fastest in the world.

Outside the UAE, the Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries including Iraq (Iraq Container Terminal, Iraq Project Terminal and Umm Qasr Logistics Centre), Pakistan (GTL-MTI), Brazil (Recife Port), Lebanon (Tripoli Container Terminal) and Turkey (Momentum Logistics). In Saudi Arabia, Gulftainer acquired a 51 per cent stake in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in June 2013, and now operates the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah, Jubail Industrial Port and Jubail Commercial Port. The company's latest facility, Canaveral Cargo Terminal in Florida, USA, opened in June 2015 following the signing of a 35-year agreement that made Gulftainer the first port management company from the Middle East to operate in the United States.

Currently handling an annual throughput of 6 million TEUs, Gulftainer aims to expand its global portfolio in the next 10 years to triple business volume worldwide to more than 10,000 vessel calls and triple container handling to 18 million TEUs.

Press Release Date 9 April 2018

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