THERE was a striking splash of pink (some say magenta) on the Melbourne waterfront, with the vessel ONE Commitment having docked at Australia’s largest container port for the first time.
ONE Commitment is operated by the Japanese group Ocean Network Express, whose ships and containers are among the most visually spectacular in the world.
Guests were invited aboard on Friday, with a delegation from Port of Melbourne, Victoria International Container Terminal and ONE managers welcoming Captain Jaswinder Singh and his crew with a plaque presentation.
ONE Commitment (IMO 9629902) was built in Nagasaki, launched in 2013 and is flagged in Japan.
It has a TEU capacity of 8560, has a dead weight tonnage of 89,880 and is 316 metres in length.
Before arriving in Melbourne, it had called in Fremantle and Adelaide and will visit Port Botany and Brisbane before returning to South East Asia.
A ONE spokesperson confirmed Webb Dock had to be used, with air draft restrictions for passing West Gate Bridge preventing ONE Commitment accessing Swanson Dock.
L to R: Doug Mladenovic (ONE); Captain Arun Rampal (Port of Melbourne); Captain Jaswinder Singh; and Patrick Chan (VICT)
Images by David Sexton