PSA International said the Zeebrugge International Port (ZIP) Container Terminal in Belgium opened last week with the berthing of the Ever Laden
, a deepsea container vessel operated by Evergreen.
While the Ever Laden
is a ship with 8,452 TEU capacity, Singapore-based PSA said the terminal "has been designed as a hub for megavessels of up to 22,000 TEU. Its berths have a draft of 17 meters (over 55 feet) and its quay cranes, reaching across 24 rows of containers, are among the largest in Europe. "
PSA said it had invested close to €100 million ($132 million) in the construction of the terminal.
PSA also operates the Container Handling Zeebrugge Terminal in a joint venture with CMA-CGM and the ZIP Multipurpose Terminal.
is the first vessel in the new weekly CEM/ANN service to berth at ZIP terminal. Evergreen contributes eight ships, and Hanjin contributes two ships to the service, with Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming and CMA-CGM taking slots. Rotation of the CEM/ANN service is Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Colombo, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Algeciras, Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Qingdao. - Chris Dupin