The ZIM shipping company has resumed ship calls at the Ilyichevsk container terminal (Odessa region) after suspending calls at the port in May 2011, the press service of the National Container Company (Russia), which owns the Ilyichevsk container terminal, has announced.

The shipping company’s Novorossiysk Star container vessel was processed at the terminal on July 11, when 107 TEU was unloaded from the ship and 42 TEU loaded onto it.

The Novorossiysk Star vessel is deployed in the BSX service with the following port rotation: Haifa - Limassol - Constanta - Varna - Istanbul (Kumport) - Izmit - Gemlik - Thessaloniki - Izmit - Piraeus - Limassol - Haifa. Ilyichevsk is included in this service’s rotation for the first time. In addition, ZIM’s containers are delivered to Ilyichevsk on the vessels PIL, CSCL, YML, and WHL as part of the Asia Black Sea Express (ABX) service.

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is the largest shipping line in Israel. Alphaliner ranks it as the 17th largest shipping company in the world in terms of fleet capacity. ZIM operates vessels on 60 services covering 180 ports around the world.

The Ilyichevsk container terminal is capable of handling vessels with a capacity of up to 8,000 TEU. The terminal has a quay length of 656 meters, a water depth alongside berth of up to 13.5 meters, a container storage area of with a capacity of 17,100 TEU, and a container processing capacity of 850,000 TEU per year. The terminal receives both ocean and feeder vessels from the companies Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, CSCL, Yang Ming, PIL, KLine, and Wan Hai. In addition to the Ilyichevsk container terminal, the National Container Company owns terminals with a combined capacity of 2.8 million TEU per year in the CIS.