Mike Mundy asks why Melbourne is dragging its heels on embracing larger ships
A major inland rail project which is set to improve connections to the Port of Melbourne has been welcomed, with some reservations.
Infrastructure surcharges imposed by stevedoring company Patrick at its Australian terminals are being blamed on higher rents and taxes, but customers have reacted strongly to the new list of charges.
Australia’s Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has warned that the Port of Melbourne could lose trade to competing ports in other states as a result of poor road and rail access.
Infrastructure Victoria (IV) has weighed into the debate about plans for a second container port to complement Melbourne.
The Hanjin Shipping saga is continuing with reports of more fallout affecting ports in the US, Singapore and Australia.
The long-awaited lease deal for the Port of Melbourne has been confirmed, with the Lonsdale Consortium winning the 50-year lease rights for more than A$9.7bn (US$7.3bn).
DP World Australia is to operate Austrak’s intermodal freight hub at Somerton 23km north of the Port of Melbourne.
Victoria Ports Minister Luke Donnellan has backed the use of high-productivity trucks to boost the movement of freight to and from the Port of Melbourne.
China Merchants will join two other companies in the final stage of the bidding process for the 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne.
Long-term port planning in the Australian state of Victoria needs to improve if it is to handle its future freight task, according to Opposition infrastructure and ports spokesman David Hodgett.
Industry interest is mounting as expressions of interest for the lease of the Port of Melbourne approach the April 18 deadline.
“It is the delicate alignment of public and private interests that determines the structure of port management and port development policy,” emphasises the World Bank Port Reform Tool Kit when looking at port management structures.
The long-running political impasse over the future of the Port of Melbourne has finally been resolved with the Parliament of Victoria passing legislation to privatise the port. However, market observers believe Melbourne has major challenges ahead.
A bid to push through legislation to lease Australia’s Port of Melbourne has apparently hit a stumbling block, that is according to Australian media reports.
The Tasmanian Freight Logistics Council is considering legal action to block a proposed port licensing fee, which will affect freight moving to Tasmania through Melbourne.
Global operator DP World has put into operation eight of 16 new Noell energy-efficient straddle carriers at its Melbourne terminal.
The environmental pressures facing ports close to residential areas have surfaced in Melbourne, where residents of the suburb of Williamstown have already raised concerns about the proposed development of the Webb Dock container terminal.
The Port of Melbourne Corporation’s (PoMC’s) AUS$1.6bn redevelopment of Webb Dock is getting underway with the civil and design contracts being awarded this week.
Australian Premier Ted Baillieu has officially invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) seeking operators for the Webb Dock container terminal, automotive terminal and Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI) Hub at the developed Port of Melbourne.
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