Vessels in port
MCT welcomes two giants of the seas
Last week Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), Contship Italia Group’s flagship transshipment hub in the port of Gioia Tauro, witnessed the arrival of two ultra large container ships (ULCS), operated by 2M partners MSC and Maersk Line – MSC Maya and Mayview Maersk. The MSC Maya is an ‘Oscar’ class ship, one of the biggest in the MSC fleet, with a capacity of 19,224 teus and a LOA of 395.4m. The Mayview Maersk is a famous Triple-E class and is the first time such a ship has called MCT, having a capacity of 18,270 teus and a LOA of 399m.
Strike cripples Gioia Tauro port as 442 workers set to be axed
The container terminal at Gioia Tauro has effectively been put out of service by a strike as workers protest against the decision taken by the terminal operator Medcenter Container Terminal to axe 442 employees. The decision from the company, a joint venture between Contship Italia and MSC, came after container throughput at Italy’s largest container transhipment port decreased 14% in 2015 to 2.5m teu, a trend which has continued into 2016. Source: Splash 24/7
MSC looking at a new repair yard in Gioia Tauro
The world’s number two container carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will heavily invest in southern Italy in the coming years as Gianluigi Aponte’s group has just emerged as the new sole owner of the container terminal of the port of Naples and it’s interested in operating a new drydock due to be realized in Gioia Tauro. In the transhipment hub based in the Calabria region and where MSC already controls the local Medcenter Container Terminal through a 50-50 joint venture with Contship Italia, the local port authority, in order to face the current crisis of cargo traffic slowdown, decided to invest some €75m ($82m) for purchasing and installing a floating drydock capable of receiving ultra large container carriers at the heart of the Mediterranean. The new infrastructure should be open for work in less than three years and MSC has already sent a letter to the port’s commissioner, Andrea Agostinelli, expressing its interest at managing it alone or with other partners.Upload News