The 10,100 TEU capacity Maersk Gibraltar arrived at APM Terminals Pipavav on June 16th, marking both the first call of Maersk Line’s ME1 Service to the facility, and a new record for the largest vessel ever to call Pipavav Port.
The newly added weekly loop linking Europe, the Middle East and India provides direct connections to Pipavav, on India’s West Coast, with Salalah, Oman; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Port Tangier, Morocco; Felixstowe, UK; Antwerp, Belgium; Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven, Germany; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Algeciras, Spain; Aqaba, Jordan and Jebel Ali, in the UAE.
The 337-meter long Maersk Gibraltar loaded cargoes of refrigerated agricultural products, and iron castings for export.
An expansion at APM Terminal Pipavav was recently completed, strengthening the existing berth, performing additional dredging, and adding three new post-Panamax cranes to accommodate ultra-large container ships, and four new rubber-tire gantry cranes, which has increased annual throughput capacity to 1.35 million TEUs.
Container throughput at the port was 682,000 TEUs in 2016, along with approximately three million tons of bulk cargo. Current annual general cargo capacities include five million metric tons of dry bulk, two million metric tons of liquid bulk and approximately 250,000 passenger cars.