First China Shipping vessel docks in Zeebrugge since shareholding agreement
APM Terminals Zeebrugge welcomed its first China Shipping Container Lines’ (CSCL) vessel this week since announcing the Shanghai-based shipper’s 24 percent shareholding in the Belgian container terminal.
The CSCL Star, operating on the AEX7 service loop, arrived at APM Terminals Zeebrugge on Wednesday.
“We are extremely proud to welcome China Shipping Container Lines to our facility,” declared Mark Geilenkirchen, managing director, APM Terminals Zeebrugge.
“This new service adds more supply chain options for importers and exporters in the Hamburg-Le Havre range – and we will apply our high productivity skills to these vessels and the future 18,400 TEU ships from CSCL.”
In addition to CSCL’s stake, APM Terminals currently holds a 51 percent controlling share in APM Terminals Zeebrugge, with the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) holding the remaining 25 percent.
In 2012, the Port of Zeebrugge handled approximately 2.2 million TEU and is capable of handling the largest container ships in the world with its deepwater depth.
The China Shipping Company recently ordered five 18,400 TEU capacity vessels, representing the largest containerships in the world.