VICTORIA International Container has passed an important milestone, with the arrival of its first container ship, the ANL Woomera.
Woomera, a 5065TEU vessel, berthed around 1am today, where it was later loaded with 400 empty containers bound for Asia.
A VICT spokesperson said delivery of empties for loading began last Tuesday afternoon (January 3).
The spokesperson said all landside and waterside systems had integrated successfully, with the average truck turnaround time across all 400 empties being 18 minutes, described as “a great result”.
“All 400 MTs were successfully loaded onto the ANL Woomera without incident and operations completed around 1pm,” the spokesperson said.
Bright sunshine and smooth conditions on the water ensured the first operation went off without incident.
VICT chief executive, Anders Dommestrup, made a presentation to Captain Khin Maung Soe on board the Woomera, recognising the significance of the occasion.
“VICT has been in live test mode for some months now and our first call from the ANL Woomera presented an exciting opportunity to test our brand new terminal’s fully automated systems,” Mr Dommestrup said.
“We are delighted with how well the operation went. Disruptions encountered were minimal and this is a remarkable effort for our first vessel call.”
ANL managing director John Lines praised the VICT team for its efforts.
“ANL is pleased to have the first container vessel calling VICT which is a welcome boost to Melbourne’s stevedoring capacity and stevedoring competition,” Mr Lines said.
“The team at VICT have done a remarkable job building the most advanced automated terminal in the region.”