UAE based Gulftainer, a terminal operating and logistics company, set a new record for the handling of the largest unloading and loading of a single vessel call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), at 19,561 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit).
It handled 19,561 20-foot-equivalent units of containers in 54.4 hours on a single call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal in at Sharjah.
The terminal staff completed the record breaking call of the CMA CGM Jules Verne container
ship with the help of 11 cranes. The 396m CMA CGM Jules Verne, with a 54m beam, is the largest container ship in the world sailing under the French flag.
“With this new record KCT has demonstrated its ability to accommodate these large container volumes and to keep pace with the increasing volumes generated the growing size of container ships calling in this region,” Gulftainer said
in a statement.
KCT has become one of the most important transshipment hubs for the Arabian Gulf
, the Indian Sub-continent, the Gulf of Oman and the East African markets. Gulftainer is owned by United Arab Emirates-based Crescent Enterprises.
The company operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Pakistan, Brazil, Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United State, where Gulftainer has signed a 35-year concession with the Canaveral Port Authority in Florida.
KCT recently received the ‘Shipping Port of the Year’ honour at the 2015 Supply Chain & Transport Awards (SCATA).