On Monday 12th September, Luka Koper hosted a high delegation of the Marseille-based container shipping company CMA CGM, headed by Mr. Philippe Borel.
A longstanding partner of Luka Koper, CMA CGM is one of the world’s most important shipping companies and is – according to cargo throughput totaly – among the three largest container lines using the Port of Koper. Indeed, with its fleet of 6,500 TEU post-panamax vessels, CMA CGM provides a direct weekly container service between Koper and the Far East.
The Luka Koper Management Board presented their guests with its plans for the future viewed from the perspective of the National Spatial Plan for the Port of Koper, which was endorsed by the government earlier this year. CMA CGM representatives pointed out the excellent relations their company enjoys with Luka Koper, as well as its willingness to further enhance co-operation in the future, including services employing vessels of more than 8,500 TEU capacity, which would require the further dredging of navigation channels. The French delegation also expressed concern arising from recent events related to the strike, which caused them and their clients significant problems in the delivery of cargo. Gregor Veselko, President of the Luka Koper Management Board, commented that he fully understood the anxieties of business partners, adding that “we will do everything in our power to consolidate confidence; furthermore, the efficient operation of the Port of Koper has broader international dimensions which reach beyond narrow local interests”.
In the first six month of this year, Luka Koper handled 302,345 TEUs of container freight, which is thirty-six percent ahead of the same period last year and eighteen percent above projections. In terms of throughput, the Port of Koper’s container terminal is the busiest in the Northern Adriatic.
From left: Tomaž Martin Jamnik, Luka Koper vice-president, Gregor Veselko, president, Philippe Borel, CMA-CGM’s vice president of MED Lines and Philippe Lesbors, his deputy.