Hutchison Ports Yantian accommodated six 400-metre-long vessels concurrently earlier this month.
On 14 July the mega port handled “MSC SVEVA”, “MANCHESTER MAERSK”, “CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT”, “CMA CGM GEORG FORSTER”, “CMA CGM JEAN MERMOZ” and “EVELYN MAERSK”.
This marks the first time that six 400-metre-long vessels have simultaneously berthed at Yantian; a rare occurrence to receive such sizable vessels simultaneously at any global ports.
To meet the trend of increased deployment of mega-vessels among the maritime industry and the growing demand of the customers, Yantian launched the berth upgrade project last year. The enhancement has enabled Yantian to provide more agility and resilience to serve the world’s largest container vessels.
On 8 July, Yantian welcomed the world’s largest container vessel “EVER ALOT”, solely designed and manufactured in China, on her maiden voyage.
The delivery was delayed due to the recent lockdowns in Shanghai and it will be followed by the Ever Aria as Hudong-Zhonghua is currently building nine 24,000 TEU ultra-large containerships – including three more Evergreen A class vessels.
Lawrence Shum, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Yantian, said: “We are pleased to accommodate six 400-meter-long vessels simultaneously for the first time after the recent berth upgrade and the relevant authority approval.
“Yantian is now allowed to handle six 200,000- DWT class vessels at the same time.
“All container vessels with capacity over 18,000 TEU deployed in South China are 100 per cent calling at Yantian, a preferred port-of-call for mega vessels.”
The operator, which controls major regional port hubs including Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) and Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), reported net profit after tax (NPAT) at HK$3.57 billion ($458 million), up three quarters on 2020’s figures of HK$2.012 billion ($258.1 million).