Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Landmark Call to Thailand Port as Largest Ever Container Ship to Visit the Country Takes on Freight

14,000+ TEU Box Vessels Now a Reality via Laem Chabang
Shipping News Feature
THAILAND – A landmark was reached at the weekend when the ONE Columba called at Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT) Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port, making it at 145,647 gross tonnes the largest ever container ship to berth anywhere in the country. At 364 metres and with a carrying capacity of 14,053 TEUs, the vessel was able to use the first terminal in Thailand capable of handling the 14,000 TEU class of ocean going box ships.

ONE Columba, operated by Ocean Network Express, called at the Thai port after leaving the port and shipbuilding city of Kure, Hiroshima and, after loading 2,269 containers using the new remote-controlled quay cranes, she departed for the Port of Cai Mep (VN CMT) on the south east coast of Vietnam.

On full completion, Hutchison’s new Terminal D will have a total quay length of 1,700 meters, with 17 super post Panamax quay cranes and 43 electric rubber tyred gantry cranes (yard cranes) all using remote control technology. It will be one of the world’s first container terminals where all the quay and yard cranes will be operating using remote control.

The new facility will be capable of handling some of the largest ocean going vessels currently in operation, offering customers more choice and flexibility, as well as improved efficiency and productivity. Terminal D will be an integral part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under Thailand 4.0’s objective to modernise the economy through improved infrastructure and innovation. The terminal will greatly facilitate the growth of container volumes at Laem Chabang Port, adding a further 3.5 million TEUs of capacity on full completion.

Laem Chabang Port, is the largest port in Thailand, just 130 kilometres to the southeast of Bangkok in the coastal province of Chonburi. The port provides a full range of auxiliary services, including a container freight station, a double track railway and improved highway connections with Thailand’s hinterland. HPT currently operates Terminals A2, A3, C1, C2 and is now developing for operation, D1, D2 and D3.

Photo: A reception committee for the vessel included ONE and Hutchison Ports Thailand and port executives plus H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Japanese Ambassador to Thailand.