Port of Melbourne welcomes its largest container ship to dock

Port of Melbourne welcomes its largest container ship to dock
The CMA CGM Ural at Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne (PoM) has welcomed its largest container ship ever, the 10,662 teu CMA CGM Ural, onto its Webb Dock at the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

Compared to the 4,500 teu carried by the average container ship that currently calls at PoM, this is a significant increase in load carrying capacity.

Brendan Bourke, CEO at PoM, said: “The arrival of CMA CGM Ural shows PoM’s capacity service the growing number of bigger vessels we’ll see into the future.

“PoM’s operations have undergone significant change over the years including automation, changes to supply chains, and to the infrastructure that supports them.”

The 229 m long vessel is one of six currently deployed on the South-East Asia – Australia trade route, the AAX1 and commenced its 42-day round-trip in Malaysia, calling at Singapore before Melbourne.

Bourke noted that the arrival of the ship is an indicator of the durability of the Australia-Asia trade despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 and recent natural disasters.

The CMA CGM Ural will spend 44 hours in Melbourne before departing for Sydney and Brisbane.

Anthony Orgill, general manager Asia ANZ Lines, ANL, said: “By implementing larger container ships into our services, we can support clients operating between Australia, South East Asia and beyond.”