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26.04.12

New Container Terminal for Melbourne's Webb Dock announced

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has announced a $1.2 billion re-development of the Port of Melbourne with the intended construction of a new container terminal at Webb Dock Melbourne.

The Victorian government has announced a $1.2 billion re-development of the Port of Melbourne which will provide 700 direct jobs and 1,900 indirect jobs across Victoria.

The centre piece of the project will be the construction of a new container terminal at Webb Dock while infrastructure upgrades at Swanson Dock would increase capacity at the port's existing container terminals.

In 2010/11 the port handled a record 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEU) and has continued to set new trade records in recent months. With container movements in and out of Melbourne increasing in excess of six per cent every year and tipped to reach 8 million TEU by 2035, this announcement is an important part of the

A recent  analysis by The Weekly Times, "shows the major ports of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane ship a million empty containers a year, with food a distant second", according to their analysis 'the Port of Melbourne exported 383,852 empty containers in 2010-11, ahead of food (256,000) and manufactured goods (168,000)'.

In 2009, the Port of Melbourne's container logistics study revealed 292,033 empty containers were exported with food on 289,841.

The Coalition Government's plans to provide the infrastructure required to meet the growing demand [for empty containers], with the construction of a dedicated route for trucks accessing Webb Dock. Premier Mr Baillieu said. "With new on and off ramps linking the port directly to the M1, Williamstown Road will be completely free from port trucks and an additional $10 million will also be spent on buffering and beautification works to protect the amenity for the local community".

The development of Westernport, seems to have been sidelined again for another year.

Click here for a copy of the Minister's Media release.