The Port of Melbourne and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) recently welcomed the container vessel Soroe Maersk, which at almost 347 m, is the longest vessel to call at the port.
The vessel was deployed to Sydney and Melbourne to load empty containers for repositioning back to Asia where there is a shortage.
The ship, which has a capacity of 9,640 teu, is over 11 m longer than the previous longest vessel to call at the port. It departed Melbourne on April 6 after loading 4,148 teu.
Henrik Jensen, managing director of Maersk Oceania stated: “We continuously focus on meeting client requirements whilst also driving efficiencies throughout our service network.
“To that end, the Soroe Maersk port call into Melbourne allows us to test potential future network and infrastructure aspects, and use the one-off vessel call to reposition much-needed empty containers to demand locations in Asia.”
Brendan Bourke, CEO of the Port of Melbourne, noted that through its port development strategy and investment programs, the Port of Melbourne stands ready to accommodate the global trend of growing vessel sizes.
Tim Vancampen, VICT CEO, highlighted the requirement to continue to invest in order to keep up with the shipping line requirements for the larger vessels calling Australia.