Khorfakkan welcomes CSCL Mercury on maiden call
The first vessel on China Shipping’s enhanced AEX7 joint service with the United Arab Shipping Company, the CSCL Mercury, was welcomed by Gulftainer at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal this week.
The service between CSCL and UASC, links leading ports across Asia and Northern Europe.
On its maiden call, CSCL Mercury completed cargo operations well ahead of schedule achieving a gross productivity rate in excess of 150 moves per hour with four gantry cranes.
KCT’s terminal manager said the terminal is witnessing an exciting period in its expansion by drawing on the positive growth in global trade and the development of new services by leading shipping companies.
‘’We are delighted to welcome CSCL Mercury on the new service’s maiden call, on one of the dynamic global trade routes linking Asia and Europe.”
KCT is the only fully fledged operational container terminal in the UAE located outside the Strait of Hormuz. Due to its unique geographic location, it has been one of the most important transshipment hubs for the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Sub-continent, the Gulf of Oman and the East African markets.
The expanded Asia to Europe AEX7/AEC8 service has 11 ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) in its service, six vessels provided by CSCL and five by UASC. The vessel schedule covers ports in Belgium, Holland, Germany and France, then via the Suez Canal to Jeddah and after calling to Khorfakkan and Jebel Ali in the UAE, to the Far East covering Singapore, Korea and China.