GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

HANOI, Feb 23 (FAM) – Vietnam, keen to repeat China’s success in manufacturing and trade, has received its first ultra large containership, Margrethe Maersk, at the APM Terminals’ Cai Mep International Terminal. The successful call of the 18,000 teu ship on Monday “is the first step for a regular Vietnamese service”, Maersk Line wrote to Lloyd’s List in an email.

The company said the move came as the global liner shipping market has been experiencing a pick-up since late last year, with a narrowing gap between cargo demand and vessels supply.