On 8th September Dubai’s Jebel Ali port received a maiden call by HMM Gdansk, which at 24,000 teu is one of the largest container vessels in the world, as it made its debut within the FE3 Far East Europe service.
The 400m long HMM Gdansk and its crew, led by Captain Hyungik Cho, were welcomed by DP World UAE Region, and other officials from Jebel Ali Port. The mega carrier arrived from DP World’s London Gateway before sailing to Singapore, its next call in a journey that began in Busan, South Korea, with calls at Yantian, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Jebel Ali is one of the few ports on the Gulf that can accommodate mega vessels with the capability to handle ten of these ships at a time. Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The port call by one of the largest container carriers is a testimonial to Jebel Ali’s true strength and capacity. We employ today’s frontline technologies like robotics, automation, Internet of Things, Big Data, virtual reality and cybersecurity to build and sustain our efficiencies. This has underpinned our capabilities as an essential economic service at a time when our customers need us most.”