PORT Moresby recently welcomed the first gearless vessel to call Papua New Guinea.

Indonesian-flagged, gearless containership Meratus Samarinda called the port’s Motukea International Terminal

The terminal, MIT, is a unit of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI).

“A gearless vessel is a ship without cranes, and relies on shore-based equipment at its ports of call to load and unload cargo,” ICTSI said in a statement.

“MIT last year took delivery of its second mobile harbor crane as part of the ongoing program to beef up berth productivity at the terminal. 

“This achievement highlights the trust and confidence that Meratus Line has placed in ICTSI South Pacific and opens the door for more gearless vessels to call at both SPICT and MIT.”

According to ICTSI, Motukea International Terminal is the only facility in Port Moresby that can handle international containers.

ICTSI said it is also the only terminal in the port that offers mobile cranes (non-ship geared) and caters to vessels with drafts under 12.5 metres.