New container lines open: first vessels in Koper breaking a record

19.02.2015

New container lines connecting Koper and Asian ports brought first vessels to our port. The first Alliance Ocean 3 (CMA-CGM, CSCL and UASC) service vessel arrived on Sunday. However, today not only the first vessel of the second new alliance (2M – biggest global shippers Maersk Line and MSC) but also the largest container vessel ever to arrive to Koper berthed in our port. 

Both alliances chose Koper for the first Adriatic port in their route, which is of utmost importance for partners in need of short transit times for their cargo travelling between Asia and Europe. 

“With 674,000 TEU annual throughput Koper is the biggest North Adriatic container terminal for the fourth year in a row. Our growth is a result of investments in terminal capacity, though we adapted our service to our customers’ needs and are constantly improving our service, too. However, the port is only one of the logistic chain links, which is inevitably connected to reliable and competitive land lines,” said Dragomir Matić, the President of the Management Board of Port of Koper on this occasion.

Apart from dredged seabed to -14 meters along the quayside of the Container Terminal Port of Koper will deepen the seabed for additional -1 meter this year. Additionally, the port will extend the container terminal this year and invest approx. 200 million € into terminal infrastructure by the end of 2020. As a result, the final terminal capacity will grow to 1.15 million TEU.

Global container trade is amongst the fastest growing (10% annually) cargo groups, travelling by the sea. Shippers respond to growing demand with larger vessels, optimizing transport costs at the same time. On the other hand, ports have to provide them with additional terminal capacity and storage, adequate sea depth and shore. Equally important are the land transport connections, roads and in Slovenia especially the railways.

Vessels of the third new container service, this one is Evergreens, are arriving to Koper as we speak.