Victoria terminal welcomes largest boxship to dock in Australia

0
532
Victoria terminal welcomes largest boxship to dock in Australia
The CMA CGM Pelleas is deployed on the A3C service, which starts and finishes in Taiwan after a round trip via China then on to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Photo and caption from ICTSI.
  • Victoria International Container Terminal recently handled super-sized ship MV CMA CGM Pelleas, the largest container vessel to dock in Australia by far
  • At 350 meters long, the ship is nearly 43 meters wide and has a carrying capacity of just under 10,000 TEUs
  • VICT chief executive officer Bruno Porchietto said super-sized vessels are likely to become more common at VICT
  • International Container Terminal Services, Inc has so far invested more than AU$1 billion (P36.41 billion) in VICT

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) recently handled super-sized ship MV CMA CGM Pelleas, the largest container vessel to dock in Australia by far.

At 350 meters long, the ship is nearly 43 meters wide and has a carrying capacity of just under 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), parent firm International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said in a statement.

VICT chief executive officer Bruno Porchietto in a statement said super-sized vessels like MV CMA CGM Pelleas are likely to become more common at the VICT terminal.

“There is a global trend by shipping lines toward the use of larger ships, which are more efficient due to their carrying capacity,” Porchietto said.

RELATED READ: ICTSI’s Victoria terminal expands for larger ships next year

“We are very proud to welcome this ship as the largest yet to dock in Australia, and we are thankful to our client partners ANL and CMA CGM for their continued confidence in our facility.

“It’s a strong signal of where the future lies for the Port of Melbourne and VICT – by the end of the year, our facility will be capable of docking two of these vessels or even larger simultaneously,” he added.

Porchietto said VICT, located at Webb Dock, has significant advantages due to its location over the legacy terminals at Swanson Dock.

“Because our operations sit at the entrance to the Port our facility can easily accommodate these larger vessels that are unable to sail further down into Melbourne’s Yarra River due to length and height restrictions,” he explained.

ICTSI said VICT’s expansion project at the Port of Melbourne is making good progress following recent arrival of two new quay cranes from China. The cranes are the largest in Australia and form part of a AU$235 million (P8.6 billion) expansion that will boost VICT’s capacity up to 1.25 million TEUs when it is completed in late 2023.

ICTSI has so far invested more than AU$1 billion in its Melbourne operations, making the company one of the largest non-government infrastructure investors in Australia.

RELATED READ: Melbourne’s VICT adds more cranes to equipment fleet