The longest cargo ship to ever arrive at Sydney’s Port Botany has berthed at DP World, bringing in goods like clothing, white goods, furniture, electronics, construction materials and machinery for the people and businesses of NSW.
The vessel – the CMA CGM Pelleas – stretches about 350m long, equivalent to about three and a half football fields in length and tips the scales at a gigantic 111,000 tonnes.
Pelleas has taken the crown as the vessel with the greatest length overall to ever dock at the busy Botany precinct. The vessel is almost 43m wide and has capacity to transport about 9,600 TEUs (the standard measurement for a shipping container).
NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas welcomed the CMA CGM Pelleas to Port Botany and said its arrival showcased the port’s excellent infrastructure capabilities that service large vessels daily.
“Port Botany’s deep-water shipping channel and premier infrastructure facilities enable it to service vessels of this scale,” she said.
“There are more than 2,200 ship movements in and out of Port Botany each year that transport all manner of goods that support our way of life. In fact, about 42 per cent of all goods in the average Sydney home have arrived via container through Port Botany."
“The port’s central location close to the largest population and business centres of NSW is the most cost-efficient for transporting freight, benefitting everyone across the state.”
The ship arrived at DP World yesterday (Thursday, 14 September 2023), with thousands of containers set to be handled before it departs the precinct at the weekend.
Nicolaj Noes, Executive Vice President for Oceania at DP World, said the business was thrilled to welcome the record-breaking vessel into its Sydney terminal.
“Our infrastructure facilities and close proximity to Sydney’s CBD mean our team is well equipped to handle vessels of this size while ensuring that freight can be transported to customers as efficiently as possible,” Mr Noes said.
“Our workers have had multiple quay cranes working on the CMA CGM Pelleas since it docked early yesterday morning, which are unloading containers filled with various consumer goods bound for businesses and their customers across Greater Sydney and beyond.”
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