Bahrain port welcomes largest container vessel
Manama, June 19, 2013
APM Terminals Bahrain (APMT), the operator of the state-of-the-art Khalifa bin Salman Port, (KBSP), recently welcomed the largest container vessel yet to enter the kingdom’s waters.
APL Antwerp, an 8,100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) vessel, which docked in Bahrain for one day, is on its Asia-Middle East schedule calling at Jebel Ali, Bahrain and Dammam before heading eastbound to Singapore and South Asia.
On arrival at the state-of-the-art KBSP, the vessel was welcomed by officials from APM Terminals, Bahrain and APL’s local representative office.
During a brief ceremony on-board the ship, Captain, Zahid Ali Mulla was presented a plaque by Simon Brebner, chief commercial officer at APM Terminals Bahrain, to mark its maiden entry into the kingdom’s territorial waters.
“The arrival of the largest container vessel 8,100 TEU is a milestone achievement for Bahrain’s Khalifa Bin Salman Port and APMT Bahrain,” said Brebner.
“Strategically located, the KBSP has seen tremendous success in serving as a transshipment hub in the region meeting the growing requirements of the Northern Gulf markets. The arrival of APL Antwerp is a testament of KBSP being a preferred port for regional and international shipping lines and reflects the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities of handling increasingly larger main line carriers.”
“We at APMT Bahrain are committed to playing a pivotal role in supporting the strategy to increase market penetration, with a compelling and unique value proposition which includes world class operations matched by a competitive package of rates and services,” Brebner continued.
“This was reflected during APL Antwerp’s 16-hour port stay in Bahrain. Dedicated focus of providing safe and consistently high levels of operational efficiency, resulted in a fast vessel turnaround time which for shipping lines is an extremely valuable benefit,” he added.
Occupying an area of 110 hectares of reclaimed land, the KBSP is located on the north-east coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. With a total quayside of 1,800 metres, KBSP is designed to accommodate a container capacity of more than 1.0 million TEUs annually, as well as passengers, general break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off cargo. – TradeArabia News Service