Piraeus port, Greece’s largest, entered a new era of handling vessels with a capacity of more than 20,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent units) on Monday, when the Cosco Shipping Taurus giga-container ship, one of the biggest worldwide, docked there.
The 400-meter Taurus is the largest vessel to berth at the Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), opening a new chapter in the history of the port.
A number of officials and shipping industry representatives attended a ceremony to mark the maiden call of the ship – which set sail from China, with Rotterdam being the final destination – and the inauguration of the third berth for 20,000-plus TEU vessels at PCT.
Piraeus port, where the modern maritime Silk Road connects with the land route, has changed impressively since Cosco Shipping Corporation subsidiary PCT took over its management eight years ago for total period of 35 years.
“It is evidence that the Silk Road, which links the two countries and consequently China to Europe, is progressing and marks the dynamic development of cooperation between the two nations in many sectors,” Greek Shipping Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis told the event.
“Today is a big day for PCT, Piraeus port and the Greek shipping industry. It is a very clear signal that Piraeus is a port for world trade,” Zhang Anming, PCT managing director, told Xinhua.