Port of Melbourne potentially limited by containership growth

A report produced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the country’s stevedores has suggested that Port Botany has overtaken the Port of Melbourne for container trade due to constraints at the Victorian port, as first reported by The Age.
In 2016/17, Port Botany handled 34 per cent of Australia’s container movements, with 33 per cent going through the Port of Melbourne – down from 36 per cent in 2015/16.
While the report did not directly link the Port of Melbourne’s reduced volume to the increasing size of container ships, it noted that it is the most likely port to put limits on the size of ships visiting the country.
The Age noted that the biggest ship to visit Australia, the 347-metre Susan Maersk that docked at the Port of Brisbane in October, would have been unable to travel up the mouth of the Yarra River to Swanson Dock, and its 10,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) load may or may not have managed to fit underneath the West Gate Bridge.
In a recent newsletter, industry body Shipping Australia wrote that with only one terminal able to take the larger ships – Webb Dock, with Swanson Dock out of reach – “Melbourne is already the limiting factor for the size of ships coming to Australia’s east coast ports and is preventing Australians benefiting from the efficiencies of larger ship operations.”
“The risk is that shipping lines may consider by-passing Melbourne for Adelaide or Sydney and use rail, or a smaller ship feeder service (possibly from New Zealand) to make the connection,” it added.
“This would ultimately cost the Victorian consumer, the Port of Melbourne and the state economy.”

VTA relocates to Webb Dock

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced it is moving from its premises in Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne to a modern new office space two kilometres away, at Webb Dock.
From Monday, 26 June, the VTA and the Victorian Waste Management Association will be located at Mirrat House, Webb Dock.
“After almost 20 years at Fishermans Bend, the opportunity arose to relocate to new premises with modern features and amenity that is much better-suited to our staff and membership,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“The new office features training rooms and facilities that are better equipped for the types of programs we are offering, and cater to various sizes and configurations in line with the growing number of participants we are experiencing.
“We can also better support members that may require use of some of our facilities, with plans to make offices, meeting and training rooms available to members by arrangement.”
“We look forward to welcoming members and other visitors to our new home next week,” Anderson added.

TCA chief to talk tech at VTA conference

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has revealed that the CEO of Transport Certification Australia (TCA), Chris Koniditsiotis, will headline a session focusing on technology on day one of the annual VTA State Conference, to take place in Lorne from 4–6 June.
The full program is to be released later this week.
The TCA is the Australian government body responsible for providing advice, accreditation and administration services for public purpose initiatives involving the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies. It has been in the news recently after releasing a new specification to promote the interconnectivity of telematics.
“Chris and the TCA have been great supporters of the VTA and, at a time when operators are so regularly introduced to new technology, it will be great to have an update from the peak body charged with providing advice, accreditation and administrative services in relation to the deployment of telematics and related technology,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.
“Technology can dramatically improve productivity for operators, but naturally that comes at a cost. Operators must understand the benefits that technology investments can have for their bottom-line, and the technology session will cover the pace and benefits of recent developments, as well as advice for landing on the right transport technology strategy.”
The session will also feature a panel discussion with technology companies Trimble, FleetEffect, Seeing Machines and In-Vehicle Camera Systems, followed by an update from Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) on the recent commencement of its new fully-automated terminal at Webb Dock.
“With so much technology in the marketplace, operators can easily be forgiven for putting technology in the ‘too hard’ basket, however the mix of conference speakers we’ve assembled to address delegates on this important part of transport will no doubt help operators understand why they need to invest in technology to be competitive and productive,” Anderson said.

$1.6 billion Melbourne Port redevelopment approved

Victoria’s $1.6 billion Port Capacity Project has been given the go ahead with works set to commence at Melbourne’s Webb Dock.

The Port of Melbourne Corporation will be required to comply with strict environmental standards to protect the bay, waterways and the natural environment.

The planning process and amendments to the planning scheme calls for the construction of noise walls and a landscaped buffer to reduce the impacts of the operations on nearby communities.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the expansion would set new environmental benchmarks.

“We have ensured that quality landscape and vegetation buffers be designed and constructed fulfilling the Port of Melbourne’s charter to deliver a vibrant, sustainable Port-City vision,” he said.

“During construction and eventual operation of the new port facilities new benchmarks for environmental standards and accountability will be set to provide the highest level of transparency and performance.”

The decision means Melbourne will gain a third container terminal and new operational facilities, expected to be operation in 2016.

The port is expected to provide 1,100 direct jobs and 1,900 indirect jobs.

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