Vietnam’s international port receives first largest container ship

One of the world’s largest container ships, the CMA CGM Laperouse docked at the Cai Mep International Port Terminal (CMIT) in the northern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Monday.

CMA CGM Laperouse docks at Cai Mep International Port Terminal (Photo: Sai Gon Giai Phong)

The vessel belongs to CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping company, and has a capacity of 13,830 TEU and DWT of 157,092. With a length of 365.5 meters CMA CGM Laperouse is the largest container vessel to ever call on a Vietnamese port.

CMIT was established on January 26, 2007 as a joint venture between Vietnam-based Saigon Port, Vietnam National Shipping Lines and APM Terminals BV.
 
The French CMA CGM company intends to add more ships similar to Laperhouse on the Asian-European trade route. Earlier, CMA CGM Columba with a capacity of 11,500 TEU and 131,263 DWT had arrived at the newly opened Cai Mep International Port Terminal.

The successful docking of CMA CGM Laperouse at CMIT indicates the great future potential of Vietnam’s maritime sector and its capacity to receive larger vessels.

By C. Thang - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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