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CMA CGM Rhone is largest boxship to call at Chennai Port


India's Chennai Port played host to the 9,365 TEU CMA CGM Rhone, the largest container vessel to visit the subcontinent's south and eastern coast, when it berthed by Chennai Container Terminal, operated by DP World, early this month.
The vessel, measuring 299.95 metres and flagged from Malta, arrived from Singapore with 2,434 TEU imports and loaded 1,345 TEU exports.
"We have worked in tandem with the terminal operators to enhance infrastructure at the port. The permissible vessel draft has been deepened in order to welcome next generation large vessels at the port. It gives me a sense of pride to see a ship of this size calling the Port of Chennai. We encourage and look forward to receiving larger vessels at the port," said P Raveendran, IRTS - chairman, Chennai Port Trust.
The CMA CGM Rhone is one of the 14 ships deployed on the NEMO (North Europe Med Oceania) service run by CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd.
Ugo Vincent, managing director, CMA CGM Agencies, India said: "We are delighted that our ship, the CMA CGM Rhone, is the largest to call at the Chennai Container Terminal. This terminal's facilities, which have an efficient infrastructure and productivity, will help us reduce berthing time and improve our efficiency."
The NEMO service is the only direct service to Europe from the South and East coast ports of India. It connects North Europe and the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean and Australia and dips into Chennai on its west bound leg, thereby offering exporters direct connections to Mediterranean and European market, according to Mumbai's Indian Transport and Logistics News.
Chief executive officer, CCTL, DP World, Captain R Venkatesh, said: "DP World has been the fore runner in achieving tall targets in South India. From one of the earliest container terminals in this region offering a gateway to more than 50 ports globally, we are the first terminal to be docking a container vessel of this size, in the region."

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