BNCT Proves Busan New Port’s Ability to Handle Future with Korea’s Largest Container Vessel Call Ever
As the first terminal in Asia to fully automate their yard placed vertically to the quay, BNCT continues to lead the future of Korea’s container logistics since opening in 2012.
On 6 and 7 Feb 2018, BNCT handled Korea’s largest container vessel ever with the maiden call of the 20,954 TEU size CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY which replaces CMA CGM’s 13,830 TEU size MV CMA CGM MAGELLAN on their flagship FAL1 service. Two more sister vessels which CMA CGM is building in Hanjin Subic Shipyard in the Philippines will also join the FAL1 upon delivery later this year.
BNCT’s Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Slootweg, touts BNCT’s design and phased approach to adding capacity exclaiming “We are fortunate that BNCT could prepare to accommodate this ultra large vessel size already via our 1st expansion which we completed in 2014. Our phased approach to adding capacity like this is deliberate and it’s working. Because BNCT can continue to grow via our planned 2nd expansion we can take ever increasing vessel size into account by increasing the height of additional quay cranes and adding more yard blocks for example. This allows us to keep some pace with the ever faster and continuously evolving needs of our customers and to contribute to their competiveness in this market.”
With volume in Busan New Port increasing 4.7% in 2017 vs previous year to 13.43 million TEU and the Busan Port Authority (BPA) estimating a further 5% volume growth in Busan for 2018, BNCT’s 2nd
expansion will be able to provide much needed additional capacity before construction of New Port’s additional terminals is completed.
Interesting to note that building on the success of BNCT, New Ports’ new terminals currently under construction will likely employ a similar design and structure.
See berthing and operation of phase-in and phase-out of mentioned vessels from the air in this 30-second video! :
BNCT website: http://www.bnctkorea.com/eng/page/visual_megavessel.jsp
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