The Port of Melbourne (PoM) welcomes the CMA CGM Ural, the largest container ship by the maximum capacity to call at the port today
She has started her 42-day passage in Malaysia. And made its way around Australia’s south-west coast and arrived into Melbourne’s Webb Dock for handling by terminal operator Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT)
CMA CGM Ural named after the mountain range in Russia and can carry up to 10,662 TEU, with containers stacked up to 12 high on-deck. The average container capacity of the vessel calls in POM is 4,500 TEUs where the Ural marked a significant milestone to the port.
Brendan Bourke, CEO Port of Melbourne, said the arrival of CMA CGM Ural is an indicator of the durability of Australia-Asia trade, despite the challenges presented by COVID19 and recent natural disasters. It demonstrates the port’s ability to accommodate the next generation of global container vessels.
“We’re always looking at ways to leverage the significant capability of our operations. We’ve developed a 30-year strategy that addresses PoM’s critical role as part of an interconnected network of physical infrastructure, commercial systems and land-uses,” he said. Anthony Orgill, General Manager Asia ANZ Lines, ANL, said the arrival of the vessel was significant for the shipping industry. “By implementing larger container ships into our services, we can support clients operating between Australia, South East Asia and beyond. Today’s occasion marks a fantastic milestone as a business and as an industry, highlighting our ongoing evolution to accommodate increasing demand, population growth and productivity,” he said.
VICT is well equipped to accommodate this class of vessels ranging from 10,500 – 13,000 TEU and plans to further invest in the Port of Melbourne to accommodate the next generation of vessel ranging from 15,000 to 18,000 TEU. We will ensure that Port of Melbourne will continue to fulfil its role as the main gateway to Victoria, and consolidate and expand its position in the global shipping network.” Bourke further added to the press release
Vessel: CMA CGM Ural
IMO number: 9705079
Ship type:Container Ship
Summer Deadweight (t) :113800
Length Overall (m):300
Year of Built:2015