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Global port terminal operator Gulftainer welcomed its largest vessel, the CMA CGM Kerguelen, at Sharjah’s Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT)
The vessel is 398 metres long and 54 metres wide – essentially longer than four football pitches and longer than USA’s Empire State Building. The new vessel has a capacity of 17,722 TEUs and has been named after the 18th century French navigator Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec.
Gulftainer terminal manager at KCT Daniel Wright said, “Receiving the CMA CGM Kerguelen represents another milestone for Gulftainer and KCT, as it is the largest vessel we have worked on at the facility. This new milestone adds to the benchmarks already achieved this year at the terminal where we recently set a new record for the highest number of containers discharged and loaded on a single vessel call when the ‘CMA CGM Jules Verne’ worked a total of 19,561 TEUs in a record time.”
On her maiden call to KCT, the CMA CGM Kerguelen discharged and loaded more than 7,700 containers and departed the terminal ahead of schedule, said KCT officials.