Built in 2013, APL Raffles is one of the largest ships in CMA CGM’s fleet with a capacity of 17,292 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). This 176,727 DWT (deadweight ton) ship is 397.88 meters long and 51 meters wide, the size of four soccer fields.
Adani Ports said in a statement: “This is another important milestone for Mundra Port. In 2021, the Port of Mundra became the largest container port in India and now the port has docked the largest container ship calling at India at one of its terminals. APL Raffles’ call not only validates the port’s capabilities to handle large container ships, but also reaffirms ACMTPL’s role in promoting trade between India and its key trading partners, the statement said.
The ship had arrived from the Middle East, carrying imports from the Gulf, Greater China, and Southeast Asia. At the time of berthing, the ship had a draft of 14.8 m, a displacement of 201,548 tons and a cargo of 13,159 TEU on board.
The ship exchanged nearly 4000 TEUs in import, export and transshipment containers while moored in Mundra port. APL Raffles will continue its onward journey to Far East Asia.
The Port of Mundra continues to attract large ships and consolidates its position as the preferred gateway for Indian Export-Import (EXIM) cargoes, particularly agricultural produce and finished goods.
Other major container ships have called at the Port of Mundra such as the MSC Regulus with a total length of 366.45m and the MSC Valeria with a total length of 366m. The port offers 26 berths and two single-berths with an annual capacity of handling 248.82 million tons of cargo with dedicated terminals for different types of cargo and goods.
India’s largest commercial port by volume, Mundra Port is an all-weather deep-water port equipped to handle bulk, breakbulk, project cargo, liquids, containers, automobiles and crude oil.
DILIP KUMAR JHA