The Port of Tripoli in North Lebanon received on Sunday the largest ship since its establishment.
The massive Colombo Express vessel, one of the largest container ships in the world, docked at the port’s Berth No. 1 on Sunday morning.
Owned by German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd, the Colombo Express is 335 meters long and 43 meters wide. With a gross tonnage of 93,750, it has a rated speed of 25 knots or 46.3 km/h.
It is to note that Hapag-Lloyd works in partnership with French shipping company CMA CGM within the Megam marine line that connects the Arabian Gulf to the Port of Tripoli.
Commenting on the event, former Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi congratulated Tripoli Port Director-General Ahmad Tamer.
Aridi described on Monday the giant vessel’s docking as “a significant achievement” and deemed it proof that international companies trust the port and its capacity.
He added: “In a time when Lebanon is collapsing and the picture appears bleak, this event constitutes a glimmer of hope and light on the difficult path to salvation, and an affirmation that the work that is perfected in its time, quality of implementation, and good management is the basis on which it is built and continues.”