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French supersize vessel makes maiden call

17 NOVEMBER 2008 - Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently welcomed CMA CGM Vela, the latest supersize container ship belonging to French shipping company CMA CGM. The ship, which has 11,000 20-ft equivalent unit (TEU) capacity, made its maiden call at Westport as part of its FAL 1 service route between the Far East and Europe.

At 346.5 metres long and 45.2 metres wide, it is the biggest container vessel to call at Port Klang to date.

CMA CGM is the world's third largest container shipping group and has made Westport its transhipment hub for South-East Asia, with throughput expected to reach two million TEUs this year.

CMA CGM ANL Malaysia managing director Simon Whitelaw said in a statement that the arrival of CMA CGM Vela showed the continued confidence the company had in growing its services and volume at Westports.

"We chose Westports to handle our increasing volume and bigger vessels because we believe the port is now among the most productive hub in the world," he said. Westports executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said the arrival of the container ship was a memorable occasion for both Westports and Port Klang.

"The achievement by CMA CGM shows that main line operators continue to demonstrate their confidence in Malaysia, especially Westports, which continues to achieve double-digit growth," he said.