The port of Valencia receives the largest ship in its history

The MSC Eloane vessel is 400 meters long and can carry almost 20,000 TEUs.
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The port of Valencia this weekend received the call of the MSC Eloane, the ship with the largest container capacity that has docked at the site in its history. With a length of 400 meters and a draft of 16 meters, this Triple E category vessel has the capacity to carry up to 19,472 TEUs. The ship has carried out operations in the two terminals of the Principe Felipe Pier. It came from Tangier Med and will continue its route to the port of Salalah in Oman.

The Port of València accelerates the improvement of the Noatum terminal after buying it Cosco. The APV will invest 5.2 million to increase the draft of one of its docks for mega-ships to access.

These new infrastructures will allow the reinforcement of the foundation ground of the aforementioned pier, which is 780 meters long, as well as a 100-meter section of the Costa Pier. The facility achieves an annual movement of just over 2 million twenty-foot containers (TEUs), making it the largest in the Mediterranean. Noatum is also making progress in the construction of a new road deck, the installation of new cranes, as well as the internal remodeling of this area and for which it has a global investment project of around 100 million euros.

The Port Authority proposes that the execution of this project conclude in seven months, with which it will be concluded in the second half of 2018. The improvement of these port facilities is part of an overall plan of the APV that will manage to leave the enclosures of the main terminals of the Grao in depths close to 18 meters of draft; compared to just over 16 meters today.

The Valencian maritime site thus accelerates the plans to increase the draft after the recent landing of the new managers of the multinational Cosco at the main container terminal in Grao. Kai Sun, 49, who has more than twenty years of experience in port management and maritime logistics, has been appointed CEO of this company, of which the rest of the capital remains in the hands of investment funds of JP Morgan and of Dutch firms.

The port of Valencia is preparing to receive the new “giants of the sea.” The Port Authority of Valencia plans to invest up to 30 million euros to increase the draft at the docks and docks that house the main container terminals of the Grao site: TCV (APM Group Terminals), Noatum and MSC. This investment is necessary to guarantee the calls of the latest generation container ships with the capacity to transport up to 22,000 TEUs.

Main terminals

The entity chaired by Aurelio Martínez began bidding at the end of 2016 for the contracting of the works of the draft increase project at the Levante dock (where the company acquired by the Maersk group operates), whose budget is 8.07 millions of euros. On the other hand, the dredging of their respective docks will require an outlay of six million. The adaptation of these infrastructures takes place in parallel with the disbursements of Noatum, MSC and TCV in larger cranes so that the new mega-ships can dock.