The Adani CMA Mundra Terminal in Gujarat on Friday, berthed APL Raffles, the largest container vessel that has ever berthed on an Indian port.
Built in 2013, the APL Raffles is the largest vessel in the fleet of French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM. Almost equivalent to four football fields, this 176727 DWT, 17292 TEUs capacity vessel is 397.88 meters long and 51 meters wide.
Arriving from the Middle East carrying imports from Gulf, Greater China, and Southeast Asia, the ship when being berthed, had a draft of 14.8 m, displacement 2,01,548 MT, and a cargo of 13,159 TEUs on board.
After an exchange of close to 4000 TEUs of import, export, and trans-shipment containers while berthed at Mundra Port, the APL Raffles will continue her onward journey to Far East Asia.
In a press release, Adani Ports said the call of APL Raffles not only endorses the capabilities of the port to handle large container vessels but also reiterates the role of the terminal in boosting trade between India and its key trading partners.
Mundra Port continues to attract large size ships consolidating its position as the most preferred gateway of Indian EXIM cargoes, especially Agri products and manufactured goods. Other significantly large container vessels which have been called on Mundra Port are MSC Regulus which has an LOA of 366.45 m MSC Valeria which has an LOA of 366 m.
The port offers 26 berths and two single-point moorings with an annual capacity to handle 248.82 MMT cargo with dedicated terminals for different cargo and commodity types.
Mundra Port is India’s biggest commercial port by volume and is a deep-water, all-weather port, equipped to handle dry bulk, breakbulk, project cargo, liquid, containers, automobiles, and crude oil.