Gulftainer docks the largest UASC vessel in the region
Gulftainer, the largest privately owned port operator in the world, has announced the arrival of the ‘Umm Salal’ at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT).
The vessel docked at its facility in Khorfakkan on the early hours of 12th March and stayed for 24 hours before moving on to its next destination.
The ship is the largest ever UASC vessel to call in the Middle East. The A13-class vessel boasts a maximum container capacity of 13,500 TEU, a maximum height of 68 metres and an overall length of 366 metres, making it one of the biggest vessels ever to enter the recently expanded terminal.
To commemorate the event, Gulftainer officials, terminal manager Ed Finbow and director of operations, Steve Ogden, gifted a commemorative plaque to the captain of the ship; Captain Emad El Sheakhly. Also on hand to commemorate the event were Captain Zakaria Hejal and Captain Rami Mansour from the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Dubai.
Gulftainer MD, Peter Richards, commented on the arrival of the new ship: “We are delighted to welcome the ‘Umm Salal’ vessel into our flagship Khorfakkan Container Terminal. As a major hub for the shipping lines in the region, we consider it another significant sign of the positive partnership that Gulftainer has developed with the United Arab Shipping Company and further proof of the trust they have in our ability to handle their largest vessels.”
Located on the east coast of the UAE emirate of Sharjah, KCT boasts 1,900 metres of quay, 20 gantry cranes, and water depths allowing the largest vessels to enter and operate at the terminal.