The new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, marked the start of operations on 11 February 2020, when the container ship Maersk Kota became the first ship to have called at the new deep-sea container terminal, APM Terminals informed.
Maersk Kota was the first of the seven ships from Maersk’s weekly ME2 service, connecting the Mediterranean with the Middle East and India.
With a total investment of 450 million euros, Vado Gateway is one the most important port infrastructures to be built in Italy in recent decades.
Managed by APM Terminals Vado Ligure, the new container terminal seeks to boost competitiveness of the Italian port system, constituting a strategic hub for the new “Silk Road“, that connects the markets of Northern Italy, Switzerland, Germany and north-eastern France with the Far East.
With a capacity of over 6,400 TEUs, M/V Maersk Kota departed from the port of Tangier in Morocco and arrived at Vado Gateway after the port calls at Alcegiras, Valencia and Fos Sur Mer / Marseille.
It continued its journey to Port Said in Egypt and various other terminals in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, and finally Abu Dhabi.
Once unloading operations have been completed, containers will continue their journey by road or rail.
We will do everything necessary to ensure that Vado Gateway becomes synonymous with efficiency and customer service in the shortest time possible,
…commented Paolo Cornetto, CEO of APM Terminals Vado Ligure.