By: Ridhwan Al-Saqqaf
Hapag Lloyd inaugurated its joint Far-East-Red Sea Service with Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) at Aden on 12May 2005 with its 30,941 dwt “ Irenes Myth “berthing at Aden Container Terminal ( ACT ) on her maiden call.
She teams up with EMCs vessels to provide the weekly Intra-Asia service with a port rotation of Singapore –Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia)– Aden – Jeddah – Aqaba and return. This 27 day round trip is an essential supply route for the increasing trade volume between this region and the Far East.
Hapag Lloyd is among the world’s premier suppliers of global door-to-door container transport services. Irenes Myth will play a vital role in the provision of the group’s worldwide comprehensive logistical solutions to the customers. She comes as part of a 150 year old tradition of linking continents , countries and cultures inspired by the credo of its former director general Albert Ballin …”The World is our Oyster …”
Determined to meet the challenges of the times, Hapag Lloyd had on 11 April 2005 christened the largest container ship in the world –Colombo Express , a 335m long behemoth that can convey 8750 TEUs. By 2008 seven more sister ships will join the Hapag Lloyd argosy.
Here at Aden Irenes Myth’s own contribution was commemorated with a maiden voyage plaque presented by ACT’s General Manager Mohd Fadil Bin Ahmat to Capt Boris Chebatarev in a dignified ceremony. This first call also presented by ACT’s General Manager Mohd FadilBin Ahmat to Capt Boris Chebatarev in a dignified ceremony. This first call also marked what ACT anticipated would be the beginning of an enduring firm relationship with Hapag Lloyd. Indeed ACT expressed its honour to be able to serve the formidable Hapag Lloyd- EMC partnership.
Irenes Myth’s first call is also a clear indication that the efforts of the port operator, Overseas Port Management, to market ACT are paying dividends.
More shipping lines are in fact expressing increasing confidence in ACT by making it their port of call in this region.