CMA CGM Group, Cedar Maritime Agencies and Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) Announce the Arrival of the Largest Container Ship to Ever Call the Container Terminal of Aqaba

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Published July 8th, 2020 - 06:31 GMT
CMA CGM Group, Cedar Maritime Agencies and Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) Announce the Arrival of the Largest Container Ship to Ever Call the Container Terminal of Aqaba
Aqaba Container Terminal
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With a nominal capacity of 15,072 TEUs, the CMA CGM BRAZIL becomes the largest vessel to ever call the port of Aqaba.

With a nominal capacity of 15,072 TEUs, the CMA CGM BRAZIL becomes the largest vessel to ever call the port of Aqaba.

The arrival of the CMA CGM Brazil in Aqaba, on July 7, demonstrates the commitment of ACT, operated by APM Terminals and CMA CGM Group to actively support the development of the economic activity in the Kingdom of Jordan. 

With 12 monthly calls to the port of Aqaba, CMA CGM is one of the main shipping and logistics Groups in Jordan, offering end-to-end solutions and different services connecting the country to the rest of the world.

Commenting on this occasion, the CEO of the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), Steven Yoogalingam, said, “The large investments made by ACT over the years allow today the terminal to receive and operate vessels among the largest in the world. The arrival of CMA CGM BRAZIL to the port is a momentous occasion for Aqaba as it reaffirms its position as the preferred gateway into the Levant region. CMA CGM is one of the largest shipping lines to capitalize on the opportunity of using Aqaba as a competitive gateway to Iraq and their volume growth in Aqaba this year is nothing short of impressive.”

The volume of containers discharged at ACT for Iraq have grown this year by a staggering 380% compared to last year.

Hala Armoush, GM of Cedar Maritime Agencies, stated, “ACT is perfectly situated to open-up trade into the Levant region. The maiden call of CMA CGM BRAZIL at ACT is testimony of CMA CGM’s commitment to giving the people of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan the widest access to its regional and global markets.”

Background Information

Aqaba Container Terminal

In 2003, the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), on behalf of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, was on a mission to acquire a strategic partnership to improve the efficiency, capacity and the operational performance of the container terminal in Aqaba. After signing a Terminal Management Contract with ADC in 2004, APM Terminals (part of the global A.P. Møller–Maersk Group), took over the management and operation of the terminal.

A 25-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) was signed between ADC and the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in 2006. Under the contract, APM Terminals Jordan operates, manages and markets ACT in addition to executing the Master Plan, which anticipates achieving a drastic increase of throughput capacity through a combination of physical and operational improvements.

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