vessel makes maiden call
WESTPORTS Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently
welcomed CMA CGM Vela, the latest supersize container ship belonging
to French shipping company CMA CGM.
The ship, which has 11,000 20-ft
equivalent unit (TEU) capacity, made its maiden call at Westport as
part of its FAL 1 service route between the Far East and Europe.
At 346.5 metres long and 45.2
metres wide, it is the biggest container vessel to call at Port
Klang to date.
CMA CGM is the world’s third
largest container shipping group and has made Westport its
transhipment hub for South-East Asia, with throughput expected to
reach two million TEUs this year.
CMA CGM ANL Malaysia managing
director Simon Whitelaw said in a statement that the arrival of CMA
CGM Vela showed the continued confidence the company had in growing
its services and volume at Westports.
“We chose Westports to handle our
increasing volume and bigger vessels because we believe the port is
now among the most productive hub in the world,” he said.
Westports executive director Ruben
Emir Gnanalingam said the arrival of the container ship was a
memorable occasion for both Westports and Port Klang.
“The achievement by CMA CGM shows
that main line operators continue to demonstrate their confidence in
Malaysia, especially Westports, which continues to achieve
double-digit growth,” he said.