DP World dismisses Melbourne claims

ICTSI's request for more space at Webb Dock attracts criticism ICTSI's request for more space at Webb Dock attracts criticism

Calls by International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) for more space at Melbourne’s Webb Dock have met with opposition from one of the stevedore’s main rivals.

ICTSI had called for a 30-metre extension to its Webb Dock terminal, saying this would help alleviate pressure on Melbourne’s future container capacity.

ICTSI is currently developing its concession and has argued that the extension could be undertaken concurrently.

However, competitor DPW Australia, whom ICTSI beat to gain the Webb Dock concession, has dismissed the suggestion that Melbourne is facing capacity constraints.

DPWA acting chief executive Brian Gillespie said the port would have capacity for another 20 years and therefore moves to increase space now were misguided. “You only have to look at what’s happening in Sydney and Brisbane to know that excess capacity on the quay line is not always a great thing,” Mr Gillespie said.

He also opposed the suggestion ICTSI could change the conditions of its winning Webb Dock bid by adding on an extra development. “I think there probably would be a few incumbents in the port scene who would look quite carefully should an extra bit of footprint be locked into the deal because that wasn’t an opportunity afforded to anybody else,” he said.

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