The Port of Melbourne is Australasia’s largest maritime hub for containerised, automotive and general cargo. It is a key economic asset for businesses and people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia.
The Lonsdale Consortium is the private leaseholder and strategic manager of the Port of Melbourne’s commercial operations and assets which was announced by the Victorian Government on 19 September 2016.
The Consortium’s objective is to deliver world class safe, responsible and reliable port facilities and services and play its part in delivering an efficient freight supply chain to support Victoria’s growing economy, including the efficient movement of goods within Melbourne and regional Victoria, together with a workable metro rail freight solution.
Port of Melbourne is led by experienced people with expertise drawn from a variety of private and public sector roles. Strategic direction and development is established by the Board and day to day operations are undertaken by the Executive Management Team.
The Port of Melbourne is the largest container and general cargo port in Australasia and one of the top four container ports in the southern hemisphere. It handles around 2.64 million TEU annually and over 1000 motor vehicles per day on average.
Melbourne’s history is intertwined with the port’s evolution as a trade gateway even before the foundation of the Melbourne Harbor Trust in 1877. The Trust formally established an authority for the development and management of the Port of Melbourne.
As port manager, Port of Melbourne oversees the port’s development. This includes planning, infrastructure projects, growing trade and providing safe navigation services. But the private sector does many of the day to day operations of the port, including stevedoring.
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