The Lucien G.A. vessel of Maersk Line’s new feeder service arrived at the TIS container terminal in the Pivdennyi seaport from the Georgian port of Poti on October 15.

This is the first vessel from the new weekly container line to call at the seaport, the CFTS portal reports.

"The feeder service will help boost trade between Ukraine and countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan) because it is ‘laying’ a new maritime trade route that is more profitable and convenient for cargo owners in the abovementioned countries," the TIS said.

The Lucien G.A. container vessel (flag of Turkey) has a length of 154.5 meters, a width of 24.7 meters, a deadweight of 17,290 tons, and a capacity of 1,100 TEU.

The Maersk Kithira container ship arrived at the TIS Container Terminal a day earlier. It is one of the containers from which cargoes will be loaded onto the feeder vessel.

“How it works: a large ‘mother’ container ship enters a large port and leaves part of its transit cargo there. Small ‘trams’ come for the containers, pick them up, and transport them to other shallow ports, river ports, or ports that are simply less equipped,” co-owner and CEO of TIS Andrii Stavnytser said, explaining the essence of the feeder service. He noted that only the Romanian seaport of Constanta provided transshipment on the Black Sea until now.