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Port of Melbourne welcomes longest vessel to dock at VICT

THE Port of Melbourne and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), a unit of Manila-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), recently welcomed the container vessel Soroe Maersk, the longest vessel to call at the port

11 April 2021 - 19:00
THE Port of Melbourne and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), a unit of Manila-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), recently welcomed the container vessel Soroe Maersk, the longest vessel to call at the port.

Maersk deployed the Soroe Maersk to Sydney and Melbourne to load empty containers that need to be repositioned back to Asia where there is a shortage. The vessel has a total carrying capacity of 9,640 TEU and a record length of 346.98 metres, 11.28 metres longer than the previous longest vessels to call at the port.



The Soroe Maersk departed on midday April 6 after loading 4,148 TEU, the port said in a statement.



Brendan Bourke, CEO Port of Melbourne, welcomed the record-breaking arrival, noting 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: 'We welcome the Soroe Maersk and look forward to continuing to accommodate larger vessels of this size at VICT.'


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