Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), the preferred gateway to the Levant region and beyond, recently welcomed the maiden call of the largest vessel in its history, the CS KILIMANJARO. The 14,568 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel, with a total length overall (LOA) of 366m, is operated by COSCO Shipping Lines, partner lines of the Red Sea Service (RES1) together with Evergreen, CMA and PIL shipping lines.
Representatives from Aqaba Container Terminal’s management, along with Deputy General Manager and Line Manager of COSCO Shipping Lines, Mohammed Shaban, gathered for the occasion and welcomed the captain of the ship upon its arrival, presenting him with a memorial plaque commemorating the maiden call of ACT’s largest container vessel based on its nominal capacity.
The ports of call of the RES1 service start in Tianjin in China, then calls Qingdao, Pusan in Korea, Ningbo, Nansha and Shekou in China, Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia, Singapore, Jeddah, Sokhna and then Aqaba.
On their way back, the vessels call Jeddah, Port Kelang, Ningbo and Tianjin in China.
Commenting on the occasion, Aqaba Container Terminal CEO, Steven Yoogalingam said, “ACT has been investing continuously in the Terminal capacity, in its employees, in its handling equipment and in its service delivery to serve Jordan and the wider Levant as the preferred gateway. Today, ACT is pleased to be a port of call for very large vessels such as the CS KILIMANJARO coming all the way and directly from China and Korea into Aqaba.”
This upgraded service presents a myriad of new opportunities for investors, traders, importers, and exporters. It will further contribute to the socioeconomic progress in the Kingdom. By operating at the highest international standards, the Aqaba Container Terminal has taken an active role in positioning Aqaba – and the Kingdom at large – as a strategic regional transport and logistics hub.