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World's largest container vessel to pass through Egypt's Suez Canal: Transport ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 May 2020
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The vessel's length is approximately 399.9 metres with a beam and depth of 61 metres and 33.2 metres, respectively

The world’s largest container vessel is set to pass through Egypt’s Suez Canal, a statement by the transportation ministry said on Saturday.

The Suez Canal will receive South Korea’s HMM’s new 24,000 TEU-class containership HMM Algeciras during its maiden journey through the Asia-North Europe trade lane.

HMM Algeciras is deployed on Far East Europe 4 service, with its port rotation starting at Qingdao, and on to Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, then Singapore via Suez Canal, according to the South Korean company's official website.

The ministry did not provide details on when the vessel will transit the country’s strategic canal.

It said Egypt is interested in maximising the maritime transport system to support the national economy.

The passing of the container vessel is the outcome of negotiations by transportation minister Kamel El-Wazir, HMM and their agent Kadmar on the sidelines of the London-hosted International Maritime Organisation Assembly in late 2019.

The meetings witnessed talks on stimulus packages and facilitations provided by Egypt’s maritime transport industry to lure global liners.

HMM Algeciras is the first of 12 24,000 TEU-class vessels scheduled to be sequentially delivered until September 2020, according to HMM’s official website.

The vessel's length is approximately 399.9 metres with a beam and depth of 61 metres and 33.2 metres, respectively.

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