DP World’s container terminal in Chennai recently handled the 299m long CMA CGM Rhône, the largest container vessel to berth at a port in South and South East India, according to The Maritime Standard.
DP World said CMA CGM Rhone’s arrival shows that the Chennai Container Terminal is helping to expand opportunities to grow regional trade.
The 9,365 teu capacity vessel arrived from Singapore with 2,434 teu of imports and loaded 1,345 teu of exports.
The port authority, Chennai Port Trust, has deepened available draft to accommodate next generation vessels at the port and says it looks forward to receiving even larger vessels in future.
CMA CGM Rhone is one of the 14 ships deployed on the North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) service run jointly by CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd.
NEMO is the only direct service to Europe from the South and East coast ports of India and calls into Chennai on its westbound leg, offering exporters direct connections to Mediterranean and European markets.