Outer Harbor's biggest visitor yet
March 3, 2007
SOUTH Australia's hope of becoming a premier import/export hub has received a boost as the largest container ship to enter the Port of Adelaide docked at Outer Harbor.
The 53,600 tonne ANL Warringa, carrying cargo such as grains and manufactured goods, arrived about 12.30pm.
The container ship, on its inaugural trade voyage, was able to dock in Berth 7 at Outer Harbor because of the $45 million spent deepening the state's main shipping channel.
Under the project - jointly funded by the State Government and Flinders Ports - more than three million tonnes of sand, clay and weeds were dredged from the harbour to deepen it from 12.2 metres to 14.2 metres and extend it from 9km to 11.7km.
The upgrade of the precinct now enables fully-laden Panamax-size vessels to include Adelaide on their international schedules.
The deepening of the channel also meant container ships were no longer reliant on tidal movements to arrive or depart.
I wanted to post this reply at the time of the article, but for some reason I forgot all about it...
ANL WARRINGA is not the biggest container vessel that has traded with Port Adelaide. That title should go to KAMAKURA which has been visiting Adelaide for many years (before the deepening of the channel) and still does. Here are some facts:KAMAKURA
289 metres LOA
32.2 metres breadth
13.02 metres draught
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260 metres LOA
32.3 metres breadth
12.63 metres draught
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As you can see KAMAKURA is 10,556 gross tons larger (heavier to some), 29 metres longer overall, has a deeper draught and carries more TEUs (twenty foot containers) than ANL WARRINGA. The 53,000 tonnes mentioned can only mean DWT, deadweight tonnage, or in otherwords weight carried onboard including oil, water and fuel. I doubt KAMAKURA carries less DWT since she is a much larger ship overall. The writer should have said ANL WARRINGA is the largest panamax to visit, not biggest yet etc. An interesting link is Wikipedia's Panamax
If anyone knows of a bigger ship than KAMAKURA (besides cruise ships) that have visited Adelaide, let me know.