PTP welcomes world’s latest and largest container vessel, MSC Gulsun

The port has the capacity and capability to accommodate mega size vessels because it is fitted out with the right facilities and equipment, says PTP CEO

By TMR

PORT of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a member of MMC Corp Bhd group, becomes the first port in South-East Asia to receive Mediterranean Shipping Co SA (MSC) latest and largest container vessel on her maiden voyage to the region.

The port also reached another historic milestone with the calling of MSC Gulsun. PTP becomes the first port in the world to hit back-to-back record for highest utilisation of a container vessel when MSC Gulsun left the port with a record load of 19,574 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), surpassing the previous record of 19,284 TEUs achieved by Maersk Monaco set by PTP in June.

With 23,756 TEUs capacity, the 400m long and 61.5m wide MSC Gulsun is on its maiden voyage for the Asia-Europe (SILK/NEU2) service loop of the 2M alliance network.

The vessel, which was previously berthed at Yantian, China, is scheduled to make the next port of call at Port of Algeciras, Spain.

(From left) MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd CEO Ian Brian James, MSC Regional GM (operation) Kelvin Tan, Neelsen, MSC Gulsun Captain SommaLauro, Che Khalib and MSC Malaysia deputy MD Jeremy David Daniel Franc during the MSC Gulsun maiden voyage call at PTP

PTP chairman and MMC group MD Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said the berthing of MSC Gulsun at PTP reflects a strong assurance by vessel operators towards PTP’s ability and commitment in serving the needs of its customers.

“As Malaysia’s leading ports and logistics operator, we take pride in our ability to anticipate and understand the needs of our customers, as well as our agility to adapt to the changes of the industries that we operate in, in order for us to stay ahead.

“Moving forward, we will further strengthen our foundation and continue to optimise our cost for greater operational efficiency. We remain focused on our deliverables and committed to returning more value for our stakeholders,” he said in a statement.

PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said the sport is proud to host the MSC Gulsun, as not many ports in the world can handle such mega vessels.

“PTP has the capacity and capability to accommodate mega size vessels because it is fitted out with the right facilities and equipment. The port is designed for the latest generation of container vessels to handle huge volumes,” he said.

“Strategic investment in our equipment and facilities is continuing progressively. Our equipment upgrading and expansion programme will ensure that PTP can keep up with the rapid changes of port and shipping industry, and subsequently meet the growing demand of our customers,” he added.

MSC Gulsun is the first batch of six ultra large container vessel ordered by MSC in 2017. The vessel is fitted with the latest smart and eco-friendly technology focusing on low-carbon, energy and operational efficient state-of-the-art system.