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Friday, 01 August 2014

WWL to build new Melbourne car terminal

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will start building later this year a new automotive terminal at the port of Melbourne with the long-term goal of providing an annual capacity of one million units.

WWL’s Melbourne International RoRo Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) beat Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) last month to win the right to develop and operate the new car terminal at Webb Dock.

This is part of the $1.6 billion Port Capacity Project which reconfigures Melbourne’s Webb Dock by building a new container terminal capable of handling one million boxes and this new automotive and Ro-Ro facility.

“The Port of Melbourne is the nation’s largest automotive terminal, handling more vehicles than the ports of Fremantle, Adelaide and Brisbane combined,” noted Victoria’s Minister for Ports David Hodgett when announcing the winning bidder on July 4th.

“Last year the port handled more than 370,000 vehicles. This new facility provides the capacity to meet forecast demand, with the port set to handle 600,000 cars in 2025 rising to 1 million vehicles in 2040.”

The new terminal will benefit from a new 920 metre continuous wharf which replaces the existing single berth pontoon. This new wharf on the western side of Webb Dock will be built by the Port of Melbourne Corporation, while MIRRAT will lay the pavement and develop the terminal.

WWL says that the construction of the terminal will begin in late 2014. Phase one will be the construction of a new 185,000 m2 facility north of the current Webb Dock West car terminal, due to be completed in early 2016. Phase two will be the incorporation of the current automotive terminal at the south end of Webb Dock West from January 1st, 2018. When all completed, the facility will have capacity to handle up to a million units per annum.

“This terminal will be unique with a focus on modern design and strong environmental performance,” said Rob Lord, WWL’s head of Oceania. “Its efficient operations will support Melbourne’s growing trade requirements over the next 30 years.”

MIRRAT says that its facility will also include an 8,000 m2 enclosed and weather-proof cargo storage area, a maintenance area and truck parking facilities. A vehicle appointment system will be implemented to manage traffic flow in and out of the facility.

Mr Hodgett said: “The bid lodged by MIRRAT for the rights to build and operate the new automotive terminal offered a competitive, value-for-money solution that ensures the port will continue to evolve and retain its crown as the nation’s leader.”

MIRRAT has appointed Leighton Contractors to build the terminal, which has been designed in partnership with Hyder Consulting and PLUS Architecture. 

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