Port of Melbourne shortlists bidders for Webb Dock container terminal

2 May 2013 (Last Updated May 2nd, 2013 18:30)

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) in Australia has shortlisted bidders for the construction and operation of Melbourne's third international container terminal as part of the A$1.6bn ($1.65bn) Port Capacity Project.

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The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) in Australia has shortlisted bidders for the construction and operation of Melbourne’s third international container terminal as part of the A$1.6bn ($1.65bn) Port Capacity Project.

Shortlisted bidders for the project include a consortium of CMA CGM, ANL Container Line and Macquarie Specialised Asset Management; Australian International Container Terminals (AICTL), a group comprised of International Container Terminal Services and Anglo Ports; Hutchison Port Holdings; and Qube Holdings.

According to PoMC, shortlisted bidders should submit their proposals by September 2013, while the winner is expected to be announced in early 2014.

The new terminal, which will be located at Melbourne’s Webb Dock East, will include about 30 hectares of waterfront, a utility ‘off-dock’ area and a container facility.

"The $1.6bn Port Capacity Project is a critical infrastructure project that will drive competition and fundamentally enhance Victoria’s future economic growth."

The first container vessel is expected to dock in late 2016 at the third terminal, which should have a capacity of at least one million containers a year.

Victoria Minister for Ports David Hodgett said: "The $1.6bn Port Capacity Project is a critical infrastructure project that will drive competition and fundamentally enhance Victoria’s future economic growth."

Work under the project also includes the construction of new roads connecting the terminal directly to Melbourne’s freeway network as well as extending and upgrading the berths.

Aurecon Australia and Arup received civil and maritime design contracts from PoMC in August 2012 for the project.

The 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, such as detailed design of internal roads, interface buffers, site preparation works and maritime engineering work, are being carried out by Aurecon.

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

The Victorian government gave planning approval to PoMC in February 2013 to start work on the project.


Image: The winning bidder will build Melbourne’s third international container terminal at Webb Dock East. Photo courtesy of Marcus Wong.