Largest Vessel to Call ICTSI, Rijeka
Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently serviced the largest vessel to call in the country, the 10,000 TEU-capacity Gerda Maersk.
The 367-meter Gerda Maersk, is part of the 2M Alliance by two of the world’s megaliners Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. The alliance, which connects Rijeka and the Far East, deploys 15 vessels with average capacities of 9,600 to 11,300 TEUs.
The service starts from the US West Coast and passes through the Pacific, making regular port calls in Busan, South Korea and key ports in the Far East, Middle East and the Adriatic: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Said, Koper, Trieste, Rijeka, Port Said, Tanjung Pelepas, Vung Tao, Yantian and Ningbo.
The service includes calls to three north Adriatic ports Koper, Trieste and Rijeka once a week – with Rijeka as the destination on Thursdays, opening up opportunities to attract additional cargo from Central and Southeast Europe.
The previous record was held by CMA CGM’s Cendrillon, an 8,500-TEU megaboxship which made its maiden call at Berth 2 of the AGCT in May 2014.