Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has received the inaugural call of COSCO Shipping Lines’ recently launched ANE service.
VICT is International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) first fully automated container terminal in Australia.
The ANE service offers a direct connection between Australia’s southeastern coast and New Zealand, providing coverage up to Bell Bay in Tasmania.
Catering to the speed-to-market requirement between key ports on the Eastbound and Westbound Trans-Tasman lanes, the service’s port rotation is as follows:
Melbourne – Bell Bay – Sydney – Auckland – Melbourne.
COSCO operates the ANE service together with OOCL.
“VICT looks forward to the opportunities that come with being part of such an important route, as well as a stronger partnership with COSCO Shipping Line and OOCL,” said Olga Coelho, VICT Chief Commercial Officer.
COSCO’s new service commenced with the arrival of the 1,100 TEU boxship CONTSHIP YEN at VICT on 12 May.
In February 2023, ICTSI outlined a proposal for the expansion of the VICT.