* World’s largest container ship arrives in Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port
Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 07:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 06, Colombo: The world’s largest container vessel MV Ever Ace” arrived at the Colombo Port in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday night, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.
The 400 meters long and 61.5 meters wide Evergreen A-class ship with a carrying capacity of 23,992 containers made its inaugural call at the Colombo Port’s Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) on 05th October.
The Panama registered MV Ever Ace commenced sailing on 28 July 2021 and deployed on Evergreen Line’s CEM service in Asia–Europe trade, calling at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Taipei Port, Yantian, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Felixstowe on her maiden voyage.
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, present at the occasion, said that at a time the world was facing a major health crisis with the current Covid-19 pandemic which had created a major impact in the logistics industry, the inaugural call of the world’s largest container ship, is a significant milestone and pride for Port of Colombo.
He thanked the Evergreen Shipping Agency Lanka Pvt Ltd; (Hemas Group) the local agent for the confidence placed in SLPA and the Port of Colombo.
According to officials at the SLPA, the vessel arrived to unload 1,600 TEUs at the CICT in the port. CICT is the first deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat.
The CEO of Colombo International Container Terminals, Jack Huang stated that he is very delighted and honored to have berthed MV Ever Ace at CICT with state of the art equipment to keep up with the growing demands of the shipping industry.
Mr. Huang thanked the chairman and the staff of SLPA for their excellent support rendered to CICT at all times who has always worked in tandem with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority promoting Port of Colombo as a vital player in the global shipping arena.
SLPA Chairman said, keeping in line with the President’s policy framework, SLPA has embarked on several new, short and long term projects, with the commencement of East and West container terminals and, connected logistics enhancement projects in the short term, and the Colombo North Port project in the long term will add around 20 million TEUs to the current 7 million TEU throughput.
“This is in fact planned and activated, encompassing the Indian US$ 140 billion Sagaramala Project and China’s US$ 1 Trillion One Belt One Road Project, where Sri Lanka is in the center. With the development of Galle, Hambantota and Trincomalee harbor projects, Sri Lanka will be the maritime hub of the South Asia without a doubt,” the Chairman of SLPA further said.