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Vietnam’s Gemalink container port welcomes first commercial vessel

  • New box port Gemalink welcomed its first commercial vessel last January 19
  • It received two pilot ships from CMA CGM on December 30, 2020 and January 7, 2021
  • The first phase covers a 33-hectare area that includes an 800-meter main berth for the mother vessel and a 260-meter side berth for the feeder
  • Gemalink is a joint venture between Vietnamese group Gemadept and CMA Terminals

The first phase of the new Gemalink container terminal in southern Vietnam marked the start of its official operations by welcoming its first commercial vessel on January 19, 2021.

The 165-DWT CMA CGM Corte Real, one of the largest container vessels in the world, will be unloading over 8,200 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) worth of goods at the port, according to a news report from state-run VNA.

Earlier on December 30, 2020 and January 7, 2021, the international port received two pilot ships from CMA CGM.

The Gemalink port covers an overall area of 72 hectares in the downstream of Cai Mep River in Phu My town on the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. It is the biggest deep-sea container port in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai area with a 1,150-meter main berth and a 370-meter feeder berth to connect Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta region.

The whole project’s capacity is 2.4 million TEUs per year and the port will have the capability to accommodate 200,000-DWT vessels.

The first phase covers a 33-hectare area that includes an 800-meter main berth for the mother vessel and a 260-meter side berth for the feeder. Capacity for the first phase is 1.5 million TEUs per year.

The opening of the new container terminal is expected to contribute to the release of congestion at Ho Chi Minh City ports and meet the demand for cargo trading between Vietnam and other countries.

The container terminal is also expected to meet the demand of the CMA CGM group and its shipping alliance. Gemalink is a joint venture between Vietnamese group Gemadept and CMA Terminals of the CMA CGM Group.

Photo courtesy of Gemalink

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