Mundra Port Welcomes Largest Ever Container Ship, MSC Anna

An MSC container ship
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According to local media reports, Mundra Port, operated by Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (ASPEZ India), welcomed the largest container ship ever to dock there, MSC Anna, on Sunday, May 26. MSC Anna is a container ship registered under the flag of Liberia.

The MSC Anna measures 399.99 meters in length and has a deadweight tonnage of 183,680. With an arrival draft of 16.3 meters, it requires deep water to dock safely. Mundra Port is the only port in India capable of accommodating such a deep-draft vessel. 

The ship is expected to handle a cargo exchange of 12,500 TEU, demonstrating the port's capability and efficiency in managing large-scale cargo operations.

Previously, in July 2023, Mundra Port handled another significant container ship, the MV MSC Hamburg, with a capacity of 16,652 TEU. These dockings mark significant milestones for Mundra Port in proficiently handling large cargo vessels.

As a result, Mundra Port became the first port in India to manage 16MMT of cargo in a single month. Additionally, its container terminal CT-3 became the first Indian terminal to handle three million TEU in a year.

Mundra Port is the first private port in India capable of managing large container vessels, accounting for 11% of India's maritime cargo and handling approximately 33% of the country's maritime traffic.

Currently, the Vizhinjam International Seaport in Kerala is under construction and will be India's first government-owned deepwater container ship port. The project is being developed in three phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by September 2024.