The Port of Saldanha welcomed the bulk carrier, United Sapphire on her maiden voyage to the Port of Saldanha recently. She docked at the iron ore terminal in Saldanha on Saturday, 26 September 2019 and a commemorative plaque was handed over to the master of the vessel to mark the occasion, by Mzwandile Mhlakela, TNPA’s Pollution Officer at the Port of Saldanha.

The vessel was built in 2019 in Japan and is currently operated by United Bulk Carriers and sailing under the flag of Panama. She has a gross tonnage of 47 006 tons, a summer deadweight of 84700 tonnes and a length of 229 metres. With a draught of 13.6 metres, the vessel was able to take advantage of the largest natural, deep-water port in South Africa.