On 28-November 2016, MCC welcomed the container vessel on her maiden call at the Port of Chittagong.
MCC Chittagong is the second ship to be built to the new “Zhejiang 2700” design – first of which is the M/V MCC Ningbo. Popularly called “Chittagong Max”, these ships are specially designed to fit Chittagong port’s unique requirements.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, an event was organized onboard the brand-new vessel to highlight its capacity and advantages.
The guest of honor was the Chairman of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, BSP. He was accompanied by key members of the CPA, including the Member of Harbour & Marine Commodore Shaheen Rahman (G), BN, Member of Engineering Commodore Zulfiqur Aziz (E), the Director of Security Lt Col. Md. Abdul Gaffar and Director of Traffic Mr. Golam Sarwar. Representatives of many other key functions such as the Harbour Master, Terminal Mangers, and Berth Operators also took the opportunity to get to know this versatile new vessel.
The event was organized by the Bangladesh Operations team, led by Country Operations Manager Sarwar Alam Chowdhury and Vessel Operations Manager Ajit Podder Lai. Guests were welcomed onboard the vessel by MCC’s Chief Operations Officer Mr. Clive van Onselen, as well as the Master of MCC Chittagong Captain Grzegorz Chilewski who was enthusiastic about sharing information about the vessel.
The CPA Chairman gave a few words expressing his appreciation at the Group’s continued dedication to serving Chittagong. A cake-cutting ceremony also took place, and a plaque of appreciation was presented to the guest of honor.
In the speech given by Mr. van Onselen, he re-affirmed the Maersk Group’s vision for this trade.
“We are committed to bringing best-in-class vessels, so that we can deliver best-in-class service to facilitate Bangladesh's trade to the world,” he said.