Haivanship tug assist Biggest container ship Margrethe Maersk 400m - 18.000Teu berth at CMIT-Vietnam


The Cái Mép International Terminal (CMIT) on Monday received the world’s largest container ship, Margrethe Maersk under assisitng by HAIVANSHIP's tugboats.

Margrethe Maersk, a Triple-E container ship which is the world’s largest, docked at Cái Mép International Terminal (CMIT) on Monday – a milestone in Việt Nam’s navigation history.

Escorting and Assisiting Margrethe Maersk to CMIT port by Tugboat Mirai 5,900 hp, Kasuga 4,430 hp, Sea Tiger 4,430hp

With the arrival of Margrethe Maersk, CMIT, located downstream Cái Mép River of the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, is the first port in Việt Nam and the 19th in the world to be able to handle an 18,300-TEU Triple-E vessel, according to the Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) daily.

Minister of Transport Mr. Nguyen Van Cong with Mr Pham Hong Phong on the Tugboat Kasuga

Margrethe Maersk, built by Danish container shipping company Maersk Line, is 399.2m long and 59m wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 194,000.

Triple-E is a class of the world’s largest container ship. The name is derived from its three design principles: economy of scale, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly.

In recent years, about 30 per cent of Việt Nam’s containers destined for faraway markets had to transit ports in Hong Kong (China), Singapore or Malaysia, which has added to the delivery costs and time.

 Margrethe Maersk berthing at CMIT port

The vessel Margrethe Maersk is arriving at Cái Mép to load goods to be transported to Europe. With this direct trip, transport time for Vietnamese goods will be cut by a day and transport expense by 10-20 per cent, compared with the traditional shipping routes, which would transit at other countries.

CMIT managing director Robert Hambleton said the arrival of Margrethe Maersk is a landmark for both CMIT and Việt Nam. It proves the capacity of the port and the country, which can become a point of transit for goods being transported from Asia to Europe.