Red Sea Gateway enters ULCS mega ship league with UASC
The world’s greenest and largest ultra-large container vessel the 18,800TEU M.V. Al Nefud has made her maiden call at Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT).
The event was attended by Nabeel Al-Amudi, president of the Saudi Ports Authority and the chairman of United Arab Shipping Company, the owners of the vessel.
Waleed Al Dawood, COO at UASC and Mohammed Al-Mudarres, CEO at Saudi Industrial Services Company (SISCO), along with senior government and business dignitaries and officials, also attended.
“The arrival of MV Al Nefud at Jeddah Islamic Port is yet another significant milestone in the Port’s track-record of achievements and an indicator of the increasing importance of the port and KSA in the shipping industry,” said Nabeel Al-Amudi.
“Jeddah Islamic Port is equally capable of receiving and handling vessels of this size and class”, he added. “Ports are considered to be the backbone of a country’s economy and the Saudi Ports Authority always seeks to support the ongoing development in the Kingdom through providing services of the highest standards.”
“UASC vessels made 300 calls to Saudi Ports in 2015 and handled 1,230,000TEU on-board its own vessels to and from different Saudi Ports in the same year”, he added.
To date, UASC has received six 18,800TEU class vessels; Barzan, Al Muraykh, Al Nefud, Al Zubara, Al Dahna and Tihama.
These next-generation container ships are considered the world’s greenest due to their outstanding environmental credentials and first-class technology on board.
Putting these advanced vessels to the test, Al Muraykh achieved a record breaking load of 18,601 TEU last month.
This unprecedented westbound shipment was also UASC’s highest utilization to date of this very eco-efficient class, meaning the CO2 output per TEU on this journey is set to be more than 60% lower if the same containers were shipped on board a 13,500 TEU ship.