A day in the life..

Our good friends at Fremantle Ports recently published an article in their newsletter entitled “Day in the life of a container ship”.

We loved this story so much, we thought that we would share it with you.  This interesting article gives some fantastic insider information on how vessels operate, what cargo they are discharging and loading and which countries our exports are making their way to.

The Carl Schulte (not shown in Fremantle Port)

Recently, Maersk Line container ship Carl Schulte visited Fremantle Port, arriving at 12.35pm on February the 20th from Adelaide and leaving the next day at 4.15pm for Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.

As the ship’s draft was 13.6 metres, Fremantle Ports used draft-enhancing technology, Dynamic Under Keel Clearance, to enable it to safety traverse the Fremantle Inner Harbour, which is 14.7m deep. Here’s some interesting facts on the Carl Schulte:

  • Weighs 81,628 tonnes
  • 255m in length
  • 37.3 wide
  • built in 2014

Whilst the ship was at Berth 8 North Quay, stevedore company Patrick unloaded 354 containers (573* TEU including empty containers) and loaded 746 containers (1292 TEU, including empty containers).  Import containers included the following commodities:

  • construction materials
  • paper products
  • iron and steel products
  • plastic wares
  • agricultural and industrial machinery
  • alcohol
  • plumbing
  • lighting fixtures
  • vegetable fats

Imports originated from the United States, New Zealand and China.

Exports included:

  • grains and hay
  • mineral sands
  • scrap metals
  • chemicals
  • fresh produce
  • equipment and machinery

Our exports were destined for more than 30 ports in the world.  The countries receiving our exports included China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Oman, the United States, the United Kingdom, Philippines and the Netherlands.

Thank you Fremantle Ports for this informative article.

* Twenty foot equivalent unit; double containers are 40 feet long and are counted as two TEU

Image credit: vesselfinder.com

Source credit: Fremantle Ports