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Shipping’s lexicon adds a new term

The lexicon of shipping can add a new term following yesterday’s arrival of the Maersk Elba to the port of Haifa.

The giant 13,092 teu docked at the Carmel Terminal at the Israeli port to much fanfare, becoming the largest ship to have ever visited the country.

Mendi Zaltzman, Haifa Port CEO, commented: “We are entering a new era, as Haifa Port is promoted to the premier league of terminals worldwide. This advancement comes with its own obligations. It is important to remember that these massive ships are being serviced at a dock that was originally built to accommodate ships of up to only 6,000 teu, yet now we are fully prepared to receive ships of 14,000 teu.”

To celebrate the achievement, the port dubbed the ship an ‘Isramax’. The 366 m long ship has a maximum draught of 15.5 m. However, until significant dredging takes place Israel remains incapable of handling the latest series of 18,000 teu ships.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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