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Published: 10 July 2017
Madrid Maersk calls in Hong Kong
Modern Terminals has handled the 20,586 TEU Madrid Maersk at Terminal 9 in Hong Kong.
The call, said Modern Terminals, marked “a new milestone for both the terminal operator and the Port of Hong Kong”.
“With a capacity of 20,568 TEUs, Madrid Maersk’s maiden call at Hong Kong highlights the operating capabilities of the port as an international maritime hub and reinforces Modern Terminals’ competitiveness as a major player in the Region,” said Peter Levesque, Group Managing Director of Modern Terminals Limited.
“This is an exciting moment for our company having made significant investments in our quay and landside infrastructure over the past two years to cater for the next generation of mega vessels. We have also been actively exploring new and innovative ways to gain additional operating efficiencies across the Hong Kong port, in order to provide greater value to global carriers like Maersk Line when they call Hong Kong.”
Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk Line’s Asia-Pacific CEO said: “We are very proud of the Madrid Maersk, which is the first in a series of our 2nd generation Triple-E vessels. To deliver on our growth strategy we need new capacity. Our new vessels complement our fleet and will replace older and less efficient tonnage. They provide efficiency and economy of scale in specific trades and add flexibility across geographies.”
Maersk’s 2nd generation Triple-E vessels are said to be approximately 35% more efficient than the average vessel on Asia-Europe trade when benchmarked against May 2016 figures from the Clean Cargo Working Group.
Throughput at Hong Kong has bounced back in the first half of 2017, and van Trooijen said it will continue to play an important part in Maersk's plans going forward. “Hong Kong remains an important location to the A.P. Moller Maersk Group. Hong Kong’s close proximity to China has been instrumental in driving Hong Kong’s development over the years. Hong Kong has long been a maritime hub with extensive marine services based in Hong Kong. We believe that Hong Kong will continue to be important to global shipping as a result” said van Trooijen.
The vessel is deployed on Maersk’s AE2 service with a port rotation of Hong Kong, Yantian, Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Algeciras, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Algeciras, Singapore and Hong Kong.