World’s largest container ship in Colombo

Minister of Ports and Shipping, Rohitha Abeygunawardena exchanges plaques with Mushin Kitchilan, Vice President Evergreen Shipping Agency Lanka Pvt. Ltd. to mark the inaugural call of MV EVER ACE at the Port of Colombo. Also present are Master of the vessel Capt. H. M. Yang, Secretary to the Minister of Ports and Shipping – U. G. C. Jayalal, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, SLPA’s Vice Chairman – Dr. Prasantha Jayamanne, Director (Operations) Lal Weerasinghe, Habour Master – Capt. Nirmal Silva, Hemas Group CEO - Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson, Hemas Group Director - Imtiaz Esufally and Senior General Manager – Commercial and Marketing CICT, Ms. Catriona Jayasundera.

MV EVER ACE the first of Evergreen Line’s 24,000 – TEU  class container ship and the largest container vessel in the world, made the inaugural  call at the Port of Colombo’s (POC), Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) on 05th  October 2021.

The A-type vessel is 400 meters in length and 61.5 meters wide, has a design draft of 14.5 meters and can cruise at speeds up to 23 knots. With a nominal carrying capacity of 23,992 TEU, MV EVER ACE is one of the largest container ships in the world.

MV EVER ACE commenced sailing on 28 July 2021 and deployed on Evergreen Line’s CEM service in Asia–Europe trade, calling at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Taipei Port, Yantian, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Felixstowe on her maiden voyage.

Evergreen Line’s A-type vessels are equipped with various eco-friendly and fuel-efficient designs.

As part of Evergreen Line’s fleet renewal plan, the carrier has ordered twelve A-type container ships.  In addition to MV EVER ACE, her eleven sister ships of similar capacity are planned to join Evergreen Line’s Asia–Europe service upon delivery.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, present at   the occasion, said that at a time the world was facing a major health crisis  with the current Covid-19 pandemic  which had  created  a major impact in the logistics industry, the inaugural call of the world’s largest container ship, is a significant milestone and pride for Port of Colombo. He thanked the Evergreen Shipping Agency Lanka Pvt Ltd; (Hemas Group) the local agent for the confidence placed in SLPA and the Port of Colombo.

He further stated that he wished to thank the Minister of Ports and Shipping, Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena, and also the Secretary to the Ministry for the constant encouragement provided and also the employees of SLPA for the support given in ports and shipping related activities. The SLPA Chairman thanked all the trade unions for standing by him always and afforded a special thanks to the CEO and officials of the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) for working very closely with SLPA.

CICT is the first deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat. The CEO of Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), Jack Huang stated that he is very delighted and honored to have berthed MV Ever Ace at CICT with state of the art equipment to keep up with the growing demands of the shipping industry. Mr. Huang thanked the chairman and the staff of SLPA for their excellent support rendered to CICT at all times who has always worked in tandem with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority promoting Port of Colombo as a vital player in the global shipping arena.

SLPA Chairman said, “Keeping in line with His Excellency the President’s policy framework, SLPA has embarked on several new, short and long term projects, with the commencement of East and West container terminals and, connected logistics enhancement projects in the short term, and the Colombo North Port project in the long term will add around 20 million TEUs to the current 7 million TEU throughput”.

“This is in fact planned and activated, encompassing the Indian US$ 140 billion Sagaramala Project and China’s US$ 1 Trillion One Belt One Road Project, where Sri Lanka is in the centre. With the development of Galle, Hambantota and Trincomalee harbour projects, Sri Lanka will be the maritime hub of the South Asia without a doubt,” the Chairman of SLPA further said.