First container ship anchored at Hai Phong International Container Terminal (Source: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) – The Hai Phong International Container Terminal (HICT) of the Tan Cang Sai Gon Corporation welcomed its first container ship on May 7.

With a capacity of nearly 12,000 TEUs, Wan Hai 805 became the first and largest container ship anchored at the northern port to date.

The ship, belonging to a joint venture of Taiwan’s Wan Hai Lines, China’s COSCO Shipping, and Singapore’s Pacific International Lines, provides direct services from the northern region of Vietnam to the west coast of the US.

Its service helps cut freight time from 25 to 19 days compared with the previous method of trans-shipment at foreign ports.

Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Van Cong said that the birth of the HICT marked an important milestone in the development of the deep-water port system in northern Vietnam in general and Hai Phong city in particular.

The welcoming of container ship Wan Hai 805 makes the HICT one of the 20 largest ports in the world, he added.

Previously on April 11, the terminal welcomed mother vessel Northern Jaguar deployed by Ocean Network Express.

With a capacity of more than 8,800 TEUs, the vessel provides direct services from the north of Vietnam to the west coast of the US and Canada. Its service will cut down freight time from Hai Phong to the US and Canada as the previous route called in at overseas trans-shipment hubs, reducing the journey from 25 down to 17 days, thus attracting more transit cargo.-VNA