Monday, July 6, 2009

New Record for Cardiff Container Terminal

Largest Container Vessel to Date Handled
Shipping News Feature

CARDIFF - The Port of Cardiff has docked the largest ever container ship to call at Queen Alexandra Dock. Arriving in the early hours of the 30th of June, the Rachel Borchard delivered its consignment of containers and reloaded before sailing on the following tide. The 134.4m long ship has a capacity of 862 TEU and is operated by Borchard Lines Ltd.

General Manager of Borchard Lines, Keith Minton, said that: “Borchard Lines is pleased at the efficient handling of the Rachel Borchard at Cardiff Container Terminal. The additional capacity that this new ship provides will allow us to carry additional cargo and enhance our West Coast UK Service.”

Matthew Kennerley, ABP Port Director, South Wales, commented: "Containers are an important part of our business at the Port of Cardiff and in line with our strategy to grow this market, we welcome the arrival of the m.v. Rachel Borchard as the largest ever container ship to be handled at the Cardiff Container Terminal."

Borchard Lines has been a regular caller at the Port of Cardiff for many years, making it one of their two UK port calls on their West Coast UK Service, which connects Cardiff with ports in the Mediterranean. Rachel Borchard is expected to become a regular caller at Cardiff, servicing the port every 10 days.

 (Picture: The Rachel Borchard docked at the Cardiff Container Terminal)