Botany breaks Australia’s boxship record

CMA CGM Estelle

A record-breaking cargo ship has arrived at Patrick Terminals in Port Botany.

The vessel – the CMA CGM Estelle – is almost 300 metres long, weighing 95,256 tonnes.

Estelle has nabbed the top spot as the ship carrying the greatest number of containers to ever visit Australia – with the equivalent of almost 11,000 TEU on board.

The previous record was set by the CMA CGM Ural in 2020, which had 10,662 containers.

The ship is berthed at Patrick Terminals which has the largest ship-to-shore cranes in Australia.

NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas welcomed the vessel’s arrival and said it demonstrated the infrastructure capabilities of Port Botany.

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“Estelle’s arrival showcases Port Botany’s capabilities – like the deep-water shipping channel and premier infrastructure facilities that enable the port to service vessels of this scale,” Calfas said.

“Port Botany being centrally located in the heart of the population and business centre of NSW keeps freight costs lowest for everyone across the state – residents, businesses and farmers alike.”

Calfas noted that for those who live in Sydney, around 42 per cent of all goods in homes have arrived via container through Port Botany.

Patrick Terminals CEO Michael Jovicic said: “These large container vessels are the vessels of the future and Patrick Terminals has invested significantly with cranes, infrastructure and automation to efficiently service this next generation of large ships.

“We’re thrilled to service this record-setting vessel in Port Botany and look forward to achieving new milestones in the future as these larger vessels call into Australia to support our nation’s businesses and their customers.”

Last year Port Botany saw a record-breaking berth with the safe arrival of the MSC Asya, the deepest and heaviest container ship to ever dock at the port.

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