The 8063-EU capacity OOCL Seoul alongside at Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), Port of Melbourne, Australia. The vessel’s arrival signals Melbourne’s growing ability to match the performance of its peers, Sydney and Brisbane, to accept the larger capacity vessels now being introduced into key Australian container trades.
The OOCL Seoul, featuring a LOA (length overall) of 322.97m and beam of 42.8m, operates in central China – Australia East Coast service, a service jointly operated with COSCO and ANL that has recently been the subject of a capacity boost via the introduction of vessels with capacities in the range 8063 to 8500 TEU, length overall (LOA) from 320 – 335m and beams in the range 42.8 to 45.6m. VICT, as planned by the Port of Melbourne Corp’ and developed by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), parent of VICT, is a highly automated terminal designed to meet the requirement for new capacity in Melbourne but more importantly to provide an efficient solution to catering for the larger vessel types now being progressively introduced into Australian container trade lanes.
Approximately 3,400 containers were handled during the call, with crane productivity at around 70 moves an hour.