Specifically, the vessel arrived in Haifa on a leg of the 2M line.
The line begins at ports of China and South Korea, passes through the Suez Canal, to go directly at Haifa Port. From Haifa, the line goes to the Adriatic, prior to returning to the East.
From the beginning of this week, vessels of the same size will call the Haifa Port as part of the M2 line.
The vessel that follows is Maersk Havana, launched back in January. It's actually sailing now, approaching to the Red Sea and is expected to arrive in Haifa on the Israeli Independence Day later this week.
Eshel Armony, Haifa Port Company's Chairman commented
This is a vote of confidence by the world’s two largest shipping companies in the abilities of Haifa Port and in our strength. This is another step towards ensuring a bright future for Haifa Port, and an important milestone in our strategic plan.
Concluding, the port's CEO, Mendi Zaltzman, stated that vessels that have the size of Maersk Hamburg don't enter the port, unless they are thoroughly examined, concerning their physical capabilities and the operational efficiency to minimize their stay in port.