HCMC – MAERSK, the world’s largest container shipping company, has launched a new shipping route leading to the Cai Lan international container terminal in Halong City, Quang Ninh Province.
The launch followed the trial operation of a series of MAERSK vessels to the terminal, the local media reported.
A representative from the terminal said today, October 5, that the first MAERSK ship plying the route arrived at the terminal in late September. The route connecting China with Vietnam will see a MAERSK ship visit the Cai Lan terminal on a weekly basis.
MAERSK container vessels will depart from Hong Kong, China, arrive in Quang Ninh, run through the Tan Vu port in Haiphong, Yantian international container terminal, Ningbo and Shanghai, and return to Hong Kong.
MAERSK vessels will mainly transport dried items, machines and materials.
A representative of MAERSK in Vietnam said that the Cai Lan terminal is a deep-water port in the northern region with modern infrastructure. Besides, the terminal is connected synchronously with other areas by new expressways and is surrounded by industrial parks with a high demand for goods and equipment imports.
In addition, another international container shipping company, SITC, has operated a route on a trial basis with the Cai Lan terminal since August. The route links the Cat Lai port in HCMC, Jakarta in Indonesia, Bintulu in Malaysia, Xiamen in China, Incheon in South Korea, Shanghai in China and Quang Ninh.
In 2021, the Cai Lan international container terminal and two other ports in Vietnam were listed among 50 global terminals with the most effective operation by the World Bank and IHS Markit.