APSEZ’s Mundra Port berthes 400-meter long MV MSC Hamburg vessel

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone’s (APSEZ) on Sunday said that its Mundra Port has berthed the 399-metre-long and 54-metre-wide vessel MV MSC Hamburg.

Built in 2015, the MV MSC Hamburg is a container ship that equals the size of four football fields and has the capacity to carry 15,908 TEUs (twenty feet equivalents) and a current draught of around 12 metres.

“APSEZ Mundra Marine Team ensured and facilitated accurate predictions for the clearance required to berth the ship safely by factoring in all the complex conditions of the vessel and live weather conditions,” the statement said.

The development comes as Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Adani International Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd.’s (AICTPL) joint venture completes 10 years. The two entered a JV to operate its new container terminal at the Mundra port.

Mundra Ports third container terminal AICTPL is operated by the JV. The container terminal has a capacity of 1.5 million TEUs. Commenting on the JV, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani said, “With rapid access to North and West India hinterland, the Trade at large will benefit from scale benefits of larger vessels calling at Mundra providing a compelling cost advantage to port users.”

Earlier in 2021, the APSEZ achieved a similar feat. When it berthed the 13,892 TEU APL Raffles, the largest vessel to call at any Indian port. The vessel was 397.88 metres long and had a breadth of 51 metres.

Mundra Port, which had temporarily closed its operations after government orders due to cyclone Biparjoy, has picked up pace again after restarting operations. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) recorded a port cargo volume with 339 MMT in FY23.

The port represents 24% of the country’s port capacity. At the time of market closing on Friday, APSEZ was down 2.33 per cent to trade at 738.90 apiece on the BSE.

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