Port of Melbourne invites tenders for Webb Dock development project in Australia

1 November 2012 (Last Updated November 1st, 2012 18:30)

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has invited companies to submit bids for works related to the A$1.6bn ($1.67bn) Webb Dock development in Melbourne, Australia.

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Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has invited companies to submit bids for works related to the A$1.6bn ($1.67bn) Webb Dock development in Melbourne, Australia.

TThe two tenders will include the design and construction of the Port Capacity Project’s maritime and road connection components.

The project will redevelop the operational areas of the port and build a new container terminal at Webb Dock.

PoMC, along with design consultants Aurecon and Arup, will carry out the procurement processes to ensure that Victoria’s container and automotive capacity expansion is in line with trade demands.

PoMC chief executive officer Stephen Bradford said that both the tenders are significant, large-scale packages and will require experienced resources in order to satisfy the strict demands of the project.

"Responsible port infrastructure planning and development makes provision for additional short-to-medium term capacity a necessity.

"One of the many challenges will be to carry out these large scale works without disrupting existing shipping operations at Webb Dock.

"PoMC will carefully stage the works in order to ensure continuity of trade, including vital shipping links to Tasmania," Bradford said.

Construction of roads and landside infrastructure, along with wharves, marine works and dredging inside Webb Dock, will be carried out under the two tender packages.

The redevelopment of Webb Dock’s new container and automotive terminals is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Aurecon Australia and Arup won civil and maritime design contracts from PoMC in August 2012.

Both companies are responsible for the delivery of detailed designs for the project’s internal roads, services infrastructure, interface buffers and maritime engineering services.

Civil engineering design services, including detailed design of internal roads, interface buffers, site preparation works and maritime engineering work, are being carried out by Aurecon Australia.

Arup is responsible for providing maritime engineering consulting services, including re-engineering the existing wharves at Webb Dock East.

Arup will also carry out the dredging and design of a new 920m wharf for the port’s automotive trade, which will be consolidated into a new facility at Webb Dock West.

The Port of Melbourne is a container, automotive and general cargo port that handles around 7,000 containers and 1,000 vehicles per day.


Image: Winning bidders will design and build maritime and road connection components under the Webb Dock development project. Photo: Marcus Wong.