As activities unfold though the autumn season, Cagliari International Container Terminal (CICT) continues to be called upon to deal with delicate Phase In/Out operations and greet the arrival of new maiden calls.
On November 8th 2015, CICT handled the phase out of m/v Seaspan Hamburg, a 4,051 TEUs ship deployed by German carrier Hapag Lloyd on the Mediterranean Pacific Service (MPS), a string linking the Med to ports in Central America and the West Coast of the US.
M/v Seaspan Hamburg was replaced on Noveber 9th by m/v Dusseldorf Express – 4,616 TEUs in nominal capacity. Overall, the Phase In/Out operation lasted around twenty-four hours, with 25% of the total volume handled in live connection while the two ships were simultaneously at berth for around 8 hours. Live connection is a well-known feature to CICT customers who rely on the Sardinian hub for operations requiring fast yet reliable exchange of containers, providing enhanced efficiency to their networks.
Upon departure of m/v Seaspan Hamburg and with phase-in activities still unfolding onboard Dusseldorf Express, CICT welcomed the maiden call m/v APL Oregon. With a LOA of 293.20 meters and 6,350 TEUs in nominal capacity, this Post Panamax Plus ship is deployed by APL on the jointly run Asia Suez Express (AZX) service, linking the Far East to the Mediterranean and North America. Terminal planner Andrea Pontis hosted the ceremony on the bridge of m/v APL Oregon, presenting Captain Shankar Ayyar with the customized crest for the ship’s maiden call at Cagliari. The ship sailed from CICT the same day, November 9th at dusk, on schedule.