Maersk’s extended deep-sea service makes maiden Novorossiysk
Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group (NCSP) handled its first ever container vessel exceeding 280 metres at Novorossiysk seaport this week.
The Catherine Rickmers, measuring 286 metres in length, called the Russian port on Saturday as part of Maersk’s new extended deep-sea service from India.
“This ship’s arrival enabled us to test our capability of handling ships of this length at our container terminal,” said NCSP Group CEO, Yuri Matvienko.
“And while there were relatively few containers this time, we hope that the weekly service will be in demand, which will lead to an overall increase in handling.”
Maersk’s newly extended loop, served by as many as seven Panamax ocean carriers, will now call at Pipavav, Hazira, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Salalah, Port Said, Mersin, Izmit Korfezi, Ambarli, Novorossiysk, Izmit Korfezi, Ambarli, Mersin, Port Said, Jeddah, Jebel Ali, Pipavav.
Transit time from Nhava Sheva to Novorossiysk is 24 days, and from Novorossiysk to Nhava Sheva is 26 days, according to the NCSP Group.
NCSP Group is the largest port operator in Russia and the third-largest in Europe, in terms of cargo turnover.