Port of Melbourne shortlists bidders for $1.5bn port project

19 June 2013 (Last Updated June 19th, 2013 18:30)

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) in Australia has shortlisted bidders for maritime and civil works packages as part of the A$1.6bn ($1.5bn) Port Capacity Project.

PoMC Webb Dock

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) in Australia has shortlisted bidders for maritime and civil works packages as part of the A$1.6bn ($1.5bn) Port Capacity Project.

Baulderstone, Leighton Contractors and Australia’s McConnell Dowell Constructors have been shortlisted for the maritime work, while BMD Constructions, Fulton Hogan Construction and John Holland have been shortlisted for the civil works, including roads and services.

Work under the project will include the development of a third international container terminal and an import/export automotive facility within the port’s Webb Dock.

Port of Melbourne Corporation chief executive officer Stephen Bradford said the successful civil and maritime contractors will have to undertake the works in the middle of a busy, working port while meeting the tough conditions of the project’s environmental management plan.

"In evaluating the proposals from the shortlisted bidders, we will be looking for design innovation, value for money and timely delivery in a manner that minimises the impact on port trade," Bradford said.

The project’s maritime works will involve the dredging of around 2.3 million cubic metres within the dock as well as construction of a new 920m wharf for the port’s automotive trade, which will be consolidated into a new facility at Webb Dock West.

Civil works under the project will include the construction of new roads linking the terminal directly to Melbourne’s freeway network, as well as extending and upgrading the berths.

According to PoMC, the successful bidder for the civil package is expected to be announced in late 2013, while the winner of the maritime contract is expected to be announced in the first half of 2014.


Image: The winning bidder for the civil contract will be announced in late 2013, with the maritime contract winner expected to be announced in early 2014. Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation.