One of the world's largest vessels, the 400-metre long HMM GDANSK could easily slot in at Jebel Ali Port. Image Credit: Jebel Ali Port

Dubai: The Jebel Ali Port had HMM GDANSK, one of the world’s largest container vessels calling, on the return leg of its maiden international voyage between the Far East and Europe. Jebel Ali is the only port in the Arabian Gulf connected to the arterial FE3 (Far East 3) loop and with the ability to accommodate mega vessels.

HMM GDANSK is 400 metres long and has a capacity of 24,000 TEUs. The vessel and its crew led by Captain Hyungik Cho were welcomed by DP World UAE Region.

The mega-carrier arrived from DP World’s London Gateway at the port before sailing to Singapore, her next call in a journey that began in Busan, South Korea on June 29, with calls at Yantian, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp. Jebel Ali is one of the few ports on the Gulf that can accommodate mega-vessels with the capability to handle 10 at a time.

It has a total handling capacity of 22.4 Million TEU and the visit underscores its capability as the region’s premier gateway port on the Asia-Europe sea trade route.