The arrival of the CMA CGM Pelleas, the longest container ship ever to dock in the city, at the DP World Fisherman’s Island Terminal, highlights Brisbane’s growing importance as a key gateway to Australia and a vital trade hub connecting businesses with customers both locally and globally. It also showcases DP World’s expertise in managing top-tier ports and terminals, ensuring smooth trade operations and a robust supply chain.
The CMA CGM Pelleas spans an impressive 350 meters and has the capacity to transport over 9,600 containers and up to 111,000 tonnes of cargo. Currently part of the A3 Central Express service, the ship’s route begins in Kaohsiung, stopping at Xiamen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Sydney, Melbourne, and finally Brisbane. Earlier this month, the Pelleas also made history by berthing at DP World’s terminal in Port Botany, becoming the longest vessel to dock at the New South Wales port.
Nicolaj Noes, Executive Vice President for Oceania at DP World, emphasized the role of DP World in connecting the Asia-Pacific region through the arrivals of the CMA CGM Pelleas in Brisbane and Sydney. He highlighted DP World’s precision and efficiency at the Fisherman’s Island Terminal, which positions Brisbane favorably as it prepares for the 2032 Summer Olympics. Noes stressed that DP World’s dependable trade infrastructure would strengthen Brisbane’s and Queensland’s global connections.
The Pelleas’s arrival at the Port of Brisbane underscores Queensland’s commitment to enhancing its infrastructure, including ports, to align with its ambitious growth plans. The state has allocated over A$50 billion for infrastructure investments from 2021 onwards. Annually, Queensland exports approximately A$125 billion and imports around A$72 billion, with a majority of its key trading partners located in Asia.
Handling vessels of this magnitude at DP World’s terminals in Australia demonstrates the company’s impressive infrastructure, operations, and their crucial role in linking Australian businesses with trade opportunities in the region. This includes facilitating collaborations with Southeast Asia, predicted to contribute A$534 billion through two-way trade with Australia by 2040, made possible through DP World’s strategic presence and extensive network.
Shane Walden, Managing Director of ANL & CMA CGM Agencies Oceania, expressed gratitude for the support received from the Port of Brisbane, especially DP World, in ensuring the smooth operations of the CMA CGM Pelleas. The vessel’s deployment on the A3C services reflects a commitment to reliable and sustainable liner services between Australia and Asia.
Neil Stephens, CEO of Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, emphasized the vital role played by the Port of Brisbane in driving Queensland’s and Australia’s trade and economic growth. The arrival of the Pelleas reaffirms the port’s significance in the region’s trade landscape.
In Brisbane, DP World’s Fisherman’s Island Terminal offers cutting-edge facilities, including stacking cranes, advanced operating systems, and 900 meters of quayline. Customers benefit from a comprehensive range of electronic business support services, such as electronic customs import release of cargo, electronic data interchange (EDI) reporting, and web-based information services. Adjacent to the container terminal, the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal (BMT) with its road and rail links ensures seamless transportation of cargo to and from the port, further enhancing Brisbane’s position as a key trade hub.