The CMA CGM Columba became the largest container vessel to call at a Vietnamese port when it participated in the inauguration of the new Cai Mep International Terminal.
Approximately 30 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, CMIT is the first container terminal in Vietnam offering shipping lines direct access to the newly dredged 46-foot-deep Cai Mep Terminal channel.
"CMA CGM is delighted to be CMIT's first customer," said Jean-Charles Tassoni, general director of CMA CGM Vietnam. "We are confident in the ability of CMIT to meet the growing needs of CMA and congratulate everyone involved in bringing this important new container terminal into operation.
The CMA CGM Columba, which is on her maiden voyage, is the first of a new series of ships with 11,500 20-foot equivalent units capacity in French ocean carrier CMA CGM's FAL3 service between Asia and northern Europe.
"Welcoming the maiden call of CMA CGM Columba begins a new era in Vietnamese ports," said Michael Them Rasmussen, general director of CMIT. "We look forward to working in partnership with CMA CGM to achieve their performance goals in the Southeast Asia market."
CMIT, which has an annual capacity of 1.1 million TEUs, is a joint venture between APM Terminals, a unit of Denmark's A.P.Moller-Maersk, Vietnam National Shipping Lines and Saigon Port.
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