Maersk McKinney Møller makes maiden YICT call

  • Yantian International Container Terminals welcomes world’s largest vessel

The world’s largest container vessel, the 18,000 TEU Maersk McKinney Møller, made its first call at Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) on Wednesday as the mega vessel continues on its maiden voyage.

The Chinese terminal and Maersk Line jointly held a ceremony to commemorate the landmark occasion, with YICT managing director Patrick Lam and David Skov, head of Maersk Line South China among around 150 guests from the different departments of the Shenzhen and Yantian governments in attendance.

“The choice of YICT as a port-of-call for Maersk’s newest and largest containership is a testament to shipping lines’ confidence in our expertise when it comes to handling mega-vessels,” said Lam.

A total of 1,682 were handled during Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller’s maiden call.

Maersk Line’s newest vessel, built in Korea’s Okpo Shipyard (DSME), is the first of the shipping line’s Triple-E series of vessels, which will be joined by a further four of the 400-metre ocean carriers this year. An additional 15 ships will be put into operation in 2014 and 2015.

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