Following a short sail across the Kattegat, the North Sea bay separating Denmark and Sweden, the world’s largest 18,000 TEU capacity ship, the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden on Wednesday, August 28th, where APM Terminals Gothenburg achieved a productivity level of 34 moves per hour (MPH) using 4 separate cranes as 623 containers were discharged and 981 loaded. The Triple-E Class ship made the 169 n.m. trip from the Danish port of Aarhus in 9 hours. Currently en route to port Bremerhaven.
“As the busiest container port in Scandinavia, we are really excited to welcome the newest standard in international shipping with a high operational performance for our terminal” stated Keld Pedersen, Managing Director at APM Terminals Gothenburg.
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller and the 19 other Triple-E Class ships are going to call Gothenburg regularly as part of Maersk Line’s A10 Far East/Europe Service that is going to be operated with Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and French-based CMA-CGM as part of the proposed P-3 Network.
APM Terminals assumed operational control of Skandia Container Terminal in January 2012 and is in the process of investing 115 million US dollars over the next 5 years of the 25-year concession in infrastructure and improvements, which also include the purchase of new cranes and new straddle carriers to increase terminal efficiency.
Gothenburg/ Goteborg is the largest port in Sweden and the 2nd largest Swedish city by population, handling 60% of all Swedish container traffic as well as 33 per cent of all seaborne Swedish exports. The port is situated on an island on Sweden’s west coast, almost equidistant from Oslo and Copenhagen and serves as a natural hub for the area. The total container throughput of Gothenburg set a new record of 900,000 TEUs in 2012, with APM Terminals Gothenburg handling 822,000 TEUs of the container traffic. Almost half of all of the port’s container traffic moves by rail into and out of the facility. There are twenty-six rail shuttles linking Gothenburg with merchant and industrial centers in Sweden and Norway.
The world's largest ship Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller will travel next to APM Terminals Tanger-Med, in Morocco before heading back to Shanghai through the Suez Canal to complete its 1st service loop.