MV CMA CGM Rhone, the largest container vessel to visit India’s south and eastern coast, called on Chennai Port on September 8. It was berthed by Chennai Container Terminal, operated by DP World.

The 299.95 m long Malta-flagged vessel has a capacity of 9365 TEUs (Twenty feet equivalent units). The vessel arrived from Singapore, with 2434 TEUs Imports and loaded 1345 TEUs Exports. The vessel is operated by CMA CGM, a leading worldwide transport and logistics group. It is one of the 14 ships deployed on the NEMO (North Europe Med Oceania) service run by CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd.

“We have worked in tandem with the terminal operators to enhance infrastructure at the port. The permissible vessel draft has been deepened in order to welcome next-generation large vessels at the port. It gives me a sense of pride to see a ship of this size calling the Port of Chennai. We encourage and look forward to receiving larger vessels at the port,” said P Raveendran, IRTS – Chairman, Chennai Port Trust.

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Vessel particulars:


  • IMO: 9674543
  • MMSI: 229989000
  • Vessel Type: CONTAINER SHIP
  • Gross Tonnage: 95263
  • Summer DWT: 113800 t
  • Build: 2015
  • Flag: MALTA
  • Homeport: VALLETTA

The NEMO service has been calling DPW Chennai’s terminal since May 2007 and is the only direct service to Europe from the South and East coast ports of India. This service connects North Europe and the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean and Australia and dips into Chennai on its westbound leg thereby offering Exporters direct connections to Mediterranean and European markets.

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Captain R Venkatesh, chief executive officer, CCTL, DP World, said, “DP World has been the forerunner in achieving tall targets in South India. From one of the earliest container terminals in this region offering a gateway to more than 50 ports globally, we are the first terminal to be docking a container vessel of this size, in the region. We thank CMA CGM for deploying a vessel of this size, paving the way for cargo growth opportunities and shortest transit times which is of significant importance today.”