The Container Terminal reinforces the leading position of Piraeus among the most important ports in Europe
On April 17th, 2023, Piraeus welcomed OOCL SPAIN on its maiden voyage – one of the largest container ships (mega vessels) in the world and the first one of its size that that will be regularly calling at the Terminal’s facilities.
“OOCL SPAIN” – owned by Orient Overseas Container Line, member of COSCO SHIPPING Group – launched in March this year on a round trip that connects Asia with Europe.
On its maiden voyage of 84 days, “OOCL SPAIN” calls at 13 different ports, from China and Southeast Asia to Northwest Europe. The choice of Piraeus as an intermediate transfer station is primarily attributed to the high level of services provided by PCT S.A., in terms of the speed of service of vessels and cargos in transit, the technological superiority of the services offered, as well as the strategic location of Piraeus, which makes it a key hub in maritime freight flows to and from Asia as well as other parts of the world.
With an overall length of 399.9 meters and a molded width of 61.3 meters, the “OOCL SPAIN”, built in 2023, has a nominal container capacity of 24,188 TEUs. The use of the latest intelligent technology on board combined with the acquisition of big data, upgrade the functions of OOCL SPAIN, allowing improvements in fuel efficiency, and long-term navigation safety.
Piraeus Container Terminal Single Member S.A. is a company founded in Greece, a fully controlled subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (a leading container terminal operator ranked third in the world). As of October 1st 2009, PCT S.A. has undertaken for 35 years the implementation of the Concession Agreement for Piers II and III, which, following an international tender process, PPA S.A. assigned to COSCO Pacific Limited (now COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited), to which the tender was awarded. Main activities of PCT S.A. is the provision of loading/unloading and storage services for imported and exported containers moving through the Port of Piraeus, including cargoes that use Piraeus only as a transit station (transshipment cargoes). The strategic location of Piraeus makes it an ideal port-hub for destinations in the Mediterranean as well as the Black Sea.