According to the port, the invitation offers bidders the opportunity to operate Melbourne\’s third international container terminal and empty container park.
In addition it details a potential expanded ‘open access’ automotive terminal to consolidate the trade from across the port into a new 920 metre three berth terminal. Linked to this will be a new pre-delivery inspection hub, capable of accommodating multiple operations to provide \’on-port\’ services. All three facilities are to be located at Webb Dock.
In August the port appointed Aurecon Australia Pty for civil engineering design services, which includes detail design of internal roads, interface buffers site preparation works and services infrastructure. Arup Pty was appointed to provide maritime engineering consulting services for the project’s extensive maritime works.
During the past decade, the Port of Melbourne Corporation has invested more than AUS$1bn in supporting infrastructure. Trade through the port has consistently grown at around six per cent and the expansion in capacity, including the re-development of Webb Dock, is seen to provide a stimulus for further growth.