Friday, March 3, 2017
CONTAINER ship E. R. Long Beach (9285653), the first laden container ship to berth at Victoria International Container Terminal is on its way.

The MSC ship left Webb Dock around 1pm Thursday AEDST, heading for Western Australia.

Long Beach docked in Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday. It was expected to leave the next day but software and technical problems at the terminal caused extensive delays.

Management of VICT has, however, cited valuable insights from the experience.

A VICT spokesperson told Lloyd's List Australia all import containers had been "successfully unloaded".

"In addition, all laden export containers were successfully loaded onto the vessel," the spokesperson said. "We are grateful to MSC for affording VICT the necessary patience during these early stages of operations at our brand new automated terminal.

"This enabled VICT to deliver one of the largest container exchanges to occur in Melbourne."

The spokesperson said they were extremely proud of this given it was their first full vessel service.

"When we have resolved the teething problems we faced this time, we feel extremely optimistic as we look forward to welcoming the largest container ships to ever call at the Port of Melbourne."

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