Brisbane Port in Australia has handled its largest containership call after two years of channel simulations and installing a new clearance system.
Brisbane port processed the 347-metre long, 10,000 TEU containership Susan Maersk owned and operated by Maersk Line on October 21, 2017.
Susan Maersk’s visit was only made possible by two years of studies and optimisation of the port’s channels to accommodate this class of vessel.
A new channel clearance system (NCOS) installed in August, 2017 means that the port can more safely and accurately determine the under keel clearance needed to cater for larger vessels.
Brisbane Port's vessel traffic service operator closely monitors the ship's movements, from its entry to the shipping channel through to docking.
Implementing the new system has allowed the port to better handle large vessels.
Maritime Safety Queensland and Brisbane Marine Pilots rehearsed vessel movements using the simulator at Smartship Australia maritime training centre, operated as an arm of the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Port of Brisbane Chief Executive Officer Roy Cummins said: “Congratulations to the captain, pilot, harbour master and tug operators, as well as our own operational team at the Port of Brisbane for successfully overseeing the Susan Maersk's visit.
“By implementing NCOS and working with our partners, we are delivering on our commitment to never be the limiting factor for shipping on the east coast of Australia.”
Main Roads Road Safety and Ports Minister for Queensland, Mark Bailey said: “Fortunately everyone has had prior experience in operations of this scale thanks to the first visit of a mega-container ship which visited Brisbane less than 12 months ago.
“These larger ships are taking a leading role in servicing key trade routes and the State is well positioned to take advantage of the efficiencies these vessels offer.”
Member for Lytton Joan Pease said in November last year the Port of Brisbane marked a milestone event with the arrival the containership Lloyd Don Carlos.
“At 334 metres in length it was slightly shorter than our latest visitor which will now takes the title of longest container vessel
“More importantly there will be further visits from vessels on this scale which can only enhance the Port of Brisbane’s international reputation and place it in a highly competitive position in the global trade market.
“The Susan Maersk isn’t the only record breaker – it’s no coincidence the Port of Brisbane is also setting new trading benchmarks.
“The Port handled a record number of containers in 2016-17 moving 1.22 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through across its wharves which was an increase of almost seven percent on the previous year’s result.
“This is not only good news for the Port but also for Queensland and the nation.
“We look forward to further visits by these larger ships which are an eye-catching demonstration of the importance of our trading ports and the increasing sophistication of their operations.”