Bidders announced for new car terminal at Webb Dock, Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne has announced that Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), Wallenius Wilhelmson Logistics (WWL) and Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) have all been shortlisted as bidders to operate the new car terminal at Webb Dock. All three have accepted the invitation to compete in the next stage of the bidding war.

The new car terminal is part of the port's AUS$1.6bn Port Capacity Project which aims to reconfigure Webb Dock by building a new container terminal capable of handling one million boxes per year. When completed, the facility will also have an automotive handling facility able to handle 600,000 vehicles annually. Both facilities are expected to be operational in late 2016.

HPH and WWL have also reportedly been shortlisted along with Autonexus, Patrick Autocare and Prixcar for the pre-delivery vehicle inspection hub which will be located next to the new terminal and responsible for preparing vehicles for direct delivery to dealerships across the Victoria State.

The successful bidder or bidders for the car terminal and the inspection hub should be announced before March 2014. The Port of Melbourne says that more than one operator could wind up being successful.