Wednesday saw the port of Trieste in Italy welcome the largest boxship to ever call at an Adriatic port. The 11,200 teu Maersk Altair became the first ultra large carrier to call at an Adriatic port. The ship is deployed by Maersk on an Asia – Mediterranean service jointly operated with MSC through the 2M alliance.
This same vessel the day before called the port of Koper in Slovenia, and then will be bound for Rijeka, in Croatia, as these three ports are the only ones in the Adriatic Sea able to accommodate containerships with more than 10,000 teu capacity having the deepest natural draft in the whole Mediterranean (18 m alongside berth in Trieste).
Search for increasing economies of scale by shipping liners is traducing in progressively larger and larger containerships deployed on the liner services and it has already driven out of the market all the other ports in the Adriatic for some specific deepsea routes.