Cai Mep, Vietnam, 11 Jan 2019


First call of CMA CGM MARCO POLO vessel at CMIT

The largest container vessel in commercial operation to ever berth in Vietnam officially


  • Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) handling largest container vessel to ever call a Vietnamese port officially
  • CMA CGM Marco Polo is deployed on the Asia to Europe Trade (FAL 3 Service)


On 11 January 2019, Vietnam welcomes CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container vessel in commercial operations to berth at the Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) officially. 300 important guests including senior government officials will be invited to attend the vessel maiden call’s celebrations jointly organised by CMIT and CMA CGM at the Cai Mep terminal in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province.



CMIT is a deep sea container terminal and market leader for global ocean carriers serving the South Vietnamese economy. Since 2018, CMIT operates with a license to handle container vessels up to 194,000 DWT which means the largest vessels currently sailing the world’s oceans. Vessels are operated efficiently using the latest technology and development in Container Handling Equipment and IT systems capable of handling ultra large container vessels with thousands of container moves per single call.


CMIT is a joint venture between APM Terminals, Vinalines and Saigon Port and started operations in Cai Mep in 2011. Since its commencement, CMIT has proven a valuable partner to the largest container carriers, such as CMA CGM, connecting South Vietnam import and export to the global markets.


CMIT feels honored to be given the sole trust to handle the CMA CGM Marco Polo. It’s a significant size vessel, the largest CMIT has ever handled, and we are privileged to have the confidence from the Ocean Alliance and CMA CGM to undertake the responsibility to operate this vessel safely, efficiently and quickly at our world class container terminal,” said Jan Bandstra, CMIT General Director.


As a key industry player, CMA CGM is fully mobilized to support Vietnam on its impressive path to rapid economic growth and will help shape its logistics and maritime infrastructures, through CMA CGM’s global leadership position, knowledge and capabilities. We are confident that Vietnam will develop into a key international maritime and logistics hub in the coming years,” said Bruno Gutton, General Director of CMA CGM Vietnam.


CMIT sees 2019 as another year of continued double digit growth in container volume flowing through the Cai Mep-Thi Vai container terminals. The strong economic growth of the South Vietnamese economy and its increasing importance and connectivity to the global markets will also cascade to shipping lines deploying larger tonnage in the near future.


CMIT is grateful for the continued support of the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and Ba Ria Vung Tau province and other authorities in creating the right conditions for these megaships to call Cai Mep. For instance the dredging of the access channel back to 14 meters and its official certification ahead of the Marco Polo call shows the good cooperation and coordination between all parties involved thereby fostering the strong growth of the port sector in Cai Mep.

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For media inquiries, please contact:


Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Commercial & Government Relation Manager

Cai Mep International Terminal Co., Ltd.

+84 (0) 254 3938 222


About CMIT


Cai Mep International Terminal Co., Ltd. (CMIT) was established on January 26, 2007 as a joint venture between the Vietnam-based Saigon Port, Vietnam National Shipping Lines and APM Terminals BV. CMIT is located strategically in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. This modern and efficient container terminal facility offers shipping lines and their clients fast and direct access to and from the main shipping markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It is CMIT’s policy to conduct its activities in a manner that protects the health and safety of its employees and communities.


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Shareholders background statements:


Saigon Port within the port system of the Vietnam Maritime sector is one output port and unloading capacity of the National Top. With over 150 years of history, has made outstanding achievements contribute to the economic development of the country, Saigon Port has been the President awarded the title Hero of Labor of the outstanding achievements from 1986 1995, contributed to the cause of building socialism and national defense.


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Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) was established in April 1995 and after over 20 years of operation and development, has become a leading company in Vietnam’s shipping, seaport operation and maritime services, owning over 40 subsidiaries all over the nation with the mission of trading goods and providing a perfect service supply chain to the company’s partners and clients, contributing to the successful implementation of the Vietnam Maritime Strategy.


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APM Terminals is a leading global port operator with a presence in 69 countries with 72 container terminals and 140 inland services facilities providing the world’s most geographically balanced global terminal network. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, APM Terminals works with shipping lines, importers/exporters, governments, business leaders and the entire global supply chain to provide solutions that help nations achieve their ambitions and business reach their performance goals.


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