Current projects

The Port of Melbourne has several projects underway, with more to come as part of our 2050 Port Development Strategy including:

Swanson Dock West Remediation Project

Swanson Dock West (SDW) is a critical International Container Terminal (ICT) comprising of a 944m wharf with three container-handling berths, which were constructed in several stages between the 1960s and 1980s.

The existing SDW wharf is of varying ages and forms of construction. Sections of the wharf are close to or beyond the typical design life of 30 years (standard design life utilized at the time) and as a result, major remediation and asset intervention is required.

SDW International Container Terminal currently has a three- berth operation. Our three-stage program has been developed to enable it to maintain a two-berth operation for the duration of the works. Commencing from Berth 1, the project will focus on completing works for each berth, moving progressively toward Berth 3. The timeframes and staging for Berths 2 and 3 are still pending further project development and approval.

Please view the project factsheet for more information.

Information Sessions

Port of Melbourne is inviting you to find out more about the Swanson Dock West Remediation Project.

There will be two online information sessions on:

You only need to attend one of the two sessions.

The information sessions will outline the scope and potential disruptions of the project, and will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and speak with our experts and technical staff.

A pre-session draft copy of the presentation is available here for your reference.

Please register your attendance:

Tue 16 Aug 2022

Thu 18 Aug 2022

A stakeholder engagement report will be published in coming months after this phase of the project. Further details will be available at a later stage.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Swanson Dock Remediation Project, please contact the Port of Melbourne here.

Webb Dock East Extension Project

Port of Melbourne has confirmed works at Webb Dock East to reduce port congestion, improve efficiency and accommodate larger ships at Australia’s largest container and general cargo port.

The project involves demolishing a redundant section of concrete and extending the quay line by 71 metres. The contract for the works has been awarded to Fitzgerald Constructions Australia, with completion scheduled for Q3, CY2023.

Once project works are completed, the Victoria International Container Terminal, who are our tenants at Webb Dock East, will then be installing an additional two Ship to Shore Cranes, six Auto Container Carriers and six Auto Stacking Cranes.

Our video below explains the project.

Webb Dock East Extension Project Video

Port of Melbourne CEO Saul Cannon says the project is an important part of a 30-year investment strategy, designed to create a more efficient and productive port that helps to strengthen Victoria’s economy.

“Now more than ever, we need to make sure we get essential goods delivered to hospitals, businesses, schools and homes.

“We are seeing a rising number of larger vessels calling at the port and our current infrastructure at Webb Dock East at times does not allow for two ships to berth at the same time. For example, this project will enable two larger vessels to berth at the same time at this part of the port, reducing wait times for the ships to dock,” he said.

Webb Dock East was designed as a two berth terminal. This project will restore Webb Dock East’s intended design capacity.

Further information on the project can be found in our media release.

The announcement was also covered by Seven News Melbourne

Rise in online shopping puts record strain on Melbourne ports | 7NEWS – YouTube

Port Rail Transformation Project

The Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) will see more containers moved by rail more efficiently, by-passing roads in inner Melbourne. The project will increase rail terminal capacity and improve rail terminal operations.

The project commenced in late 2021, with an official sod turn in December 2021 with Port of Melbourne CEO Saul Cannon and the Minister for Ports and Freight, the

Project construction has commenced with works planned to be complete by mid-2023.

For more information click here.

Swanson Dock East

The works at SDE Berth 1 & 2 are part of a major multi-year rehabilitation project to maintain the Swanson Dock International Container terminals to their design capacity and extend their design life. The scope of works included renewed crane rails, wharf deck, fenders and bollards.

These works commenced in 2017 and have been undertaken in close consultation with Patrick to enable the least amount of disruption to terminal operations through the multi-year project.

Mooring Dolphin Webb Dock

Works to construct a mooring dolphin were undertaken between January and March 2021. Mooring dolphins are structures that help secure vessels when berthed, providing the ability for certain vessels to overhang the berth.