MSC mega container vessel calls in Vietnam
SC Ditte at Cai Mep International Terminal in Vietnam
MSC selected Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) to handle its largest boxship ever to call Vietnam, named MSC Ditte, which has a container capacity of 19,224 TEUs.
The mega container vessel is operated on 2M Alliance’s Pearl service, connecting Vietnam with the US West Coast.
With average crane productivity of nearly 32 containers/hour/crane and 23-row outreach, CMIT, APM Terminal’s joint venture with Vietnam Maritime Corporation and Saigon Port, handled almost 16,000 TEUs of import, export, transshipment and empty containers.
The CMIT deep-water port is categorised as a special port cluster according to the master plan of Vietnam’s seaport system 2021-2030.
In August 2022, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport approved a total investment of over US$60 billion from the state budget to upgrade the CM-TV channel, while the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has also approved the Environmental Impact Assessment report of the project which will begin earliest at the end of this year/early next year at the latest.
“On completion, the access channel to CMIT will reach a minimum depth of 15.5m with a 350m width, further improving conditions for CMIT to enhance the port’s appeal to mega vessels,” noted APM Terminals.