The International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) on Monday said a port in Columbia where it serves as major shareholder received the APL Esplanade, the largest vessel to call on Colombia.
The listed port operator said APL Esplanade recently arrived at the Port Aguadulce, a latest-generation container terminal which counts ICTSI and Singaporean port group PSA as its two major shareholders.
ICTSI said APL Esplanade has a capacity of 13,892 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), with a width of 51 meters and a length of 369 meters, equivalent to about four professional soccer fields.
The large-scale vessel travelled from Asia and will proceed to other ports in South America afterwards, sailing on the CMA CMG group’s Asia Central South America service route, ICTSI said.
“The shipping companies continue to build larger and larger capacity vessels. For Puerto Aguadulce, receiving this type of vessel is an honor and a great responsibility. We work continuously under our vision of being a strategic ally of the Colombian economy,” Miguel Abisambra, port general manager, was quoted as saying.
“At the end of last year, we received what is now, after APL Esplanade, the second largest capacity container vessel that has docked in the country. These calls confirm that Puerto Aguadulce is a terminal with global service standards, technology, infrastructure and security,” he added.
The port, located in Buenaventura, is close to major urban areas such as Bogota, Medellin and Cali, ICTSI said, cementing its strategic importance on foreign trade.
The port started operations in November 2016.