Freeport welcomes mega container ship
One of the largest container ships ever made its maiden voyage to the Bahamas on Wednesday when the mega ship MSC Tomoko docked at Freeport Harbour.
The MSC Tomoko, operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co., arrived from a stop in Norfolk, Virginia before continuing on its trek to Asia through the Suez Canal.Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port and Grand Bahama Airport Company described the vessel as being as big as an aircraft carrier, but with a wider hull. MSC Tomoko docked with 8,800 containers, and, 'Augurs well for expansion plans for the container port involving the addition of 10 more cranes and six berths - to make 2,000 metres of quay berthing space,' said Gilbert.
The harbour can accommodate the largest vessels in the world and those being planned.Another large MSC vessel is expected next week and Gilbert noted that the harbour in Grand Bahama, the deepest and largest in the Caribbean, provides the foundation for the most diversified port in the Western Hemisphere. 'Freeport Container Port has a very bright future and continues to grow larger daily and is one of the proud jewels of Hutchison Whampoa's investments in Grand Bahama,' said Mr. Gilbert.
MSC Tomoko was piloted into the harbour by Freeport Harbour Company's Director, Orlando Forbes along with her Captain, Master Mariner Captain Tihomir Djura Andric, who has visited Freeport on a few occasions dating back to 2000. MSC Tomoko draws 45 to 46 feet of water.
Manuel Ruiz, Managing Director of MSC said the Tomoko is visiting as part of a relatively new service operated by MSC which features several ships -- most of them smaller in size than MSC Tomoko.
Its circuit includes: New York; Baltimore; Norfolk; Freeport, Bahamas; the Suez Canal, Jedha, Saudi Arabia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Singapore; Chiwan, China; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Ningbo, China; Chiwan, China; Yiantian, China; Singapore; Salalah, Oman.PHOTO CAPTION: WELCOME MSC TOMOKO Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port and Grand Bahama Airport Company, presents Master Mariner Captain Tihomir Djura Andric of MSC Tomoko with a plaque on the occasion of the vessel's maiden voyage to Grand Bahama.
Present were: James Turner, Business Development/Commercial Director Freeport Container Port, GB Airport Company and Freeport Harbour Company; Manuel Ruiz, Manager MSC Bahamas; Captain Andric; Gilbert; Freda Forbes, FCP, and Lucian Laing, FCP.Freeport Container Port (FCP) .
Situated only 65 miles from Florida, Freeport Container Port (FCP) is the natural trans-shipment hub for the Eastern seaboard of the Americas and the principal East/West Line Haul routes through the region.
FCP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 50 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) operates one of the fastest emerging cruise and maritime centres in North America. FHC is privately owned and operated by a joint venture between the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group and the Grand Bahama Development Company. Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) Grand Bahama Airport (GBAC) owns and operates the Grand Bahama Airport, which is situated only 65 miles from Florida and capable of handling the largest aircraft in the world. GBA is a joint venture between the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group and the Grand Bahama Development Company. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 50 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.