APL Antwerp at Khalifa Bin Salman Port

APL Antwerp at Khalifa Bin Salman Port

Ship visit underlines transshipment role

01 July 2013

THE arrival at Khalifa Bin Salman Port of APL Antwerp, the largest container vessel yet to enter Bahrain’s waters, has been hailed as a “milestone” and a pointer to Bahrain’s growing position as a preferred transshipment hub.

The ship was welcomed by APM Terminals, the port’s operator, and APL’s local representative office. “The arrival of the 8,100 teu vessel is a milestone for KBSP,” said APMT chief commercial officer Simon Brebner.

“Strategically located, the KBSP has seen tremendous success in serving as a transshipment hub in the region, by meeting the growing requirements of the Northern Gulf markets. The arrival of APL Antwerp is a testament to KBSP being a preferred port for regional and international shipping lines and reflects the kingdom’s maritime capabilities of handling increasingly larger mainline carriers,” he said.

“We at APMT Bahrain are committed to playing a pivotal role in supporting the strategy to increase market penetration, with a compelling and unique value proposition which includes world-class operations matched by a competitive package of rates and services,” he said.

“This was reflected during APL Antwerp’s 16-hour port stay in Bahrain – a dedicated focus of providing safe and consistently high levels of operational efficiency, resulting in a fast vessel turnaround time which for shipping lines is an extremely valuable benefit.”

The vessel was on its Asia-Middle East schedule calling at Jebel Ali, Bahrain and Dammam before heading eastbound to Singapore and South Asia.

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