Port Capacity Enhancement Program

Project overview

As part of the Port of Melbourne’s stewardship obligations, it is required to ensure that port capacity can meet the future demands of Victoria’s growing economy. The Port of Melbourne is engaging about the next stage of that port capacity, called the Port Capacity Enhancement Program (PCEP).

This program was outlined in the Port of Melbourne’s 2050 Port Development Strategy (PDS) and involves developing a Webb Dock North container terminal and securing the long-term future for the Tasmanian trades.

Once delivered the PCEP will ensure the Port of Melbourne (PoM) continues to play a significant role in driving forward the Victorian economy.


PoM is committed to stakeholder engagement that is inclusive, timely, genuine and transparent. Our approach is guided by our commitment to comply with our regulatory obligations, and our intent to listen to and be responsive to our stakeholders. We will always seek opportunities to strengthen our engagement over time in line with the Pricing Order Engagement Protocols.

We recognise that engaging stakeholders in our planning process for PCEP leads to informed decision-making that balances the needs and interests of relevant parties.

Stage One – Technical reports

In September 2022 PoM began a process to collect feedback on three technical reports as the key drivers of the project. Since this time, a robust engagement program has captured feedback from stakeholders on three technical reports, assumptions and scenarios, which have been used to inform technical analysis, as well as providing insights on a number of other topics. 

Final versions of the reports including an engagement summary report can be viewed by clicking the below:

The table below highlights feedback incorporated into to the final technical reports.

 Key changes to each report 
Trade demand 

The following changes were included in the June 2023 forecast:
·         Change in methodology used to determine Trade Demand to ensure consistency with that used in the 2023 Tariff Compliance Statement
·         Slight reduction in forecast growth to 2050 relative to previous Trade Demand Forecast.

No further changes required following feedback throughout 24 July to 31 August 2023

Ship fleet 

The following changes were included in the July 2023 forecast:
·         Includes the Deloitte Trade Demand Forecast (July 2023) as a key input. 
·         Includes the most up-to-date ship build data from the Q2 2023 Vessel Order Book. 
·         Provides greater post-Covid context due to some small services ceasing operations and reduced disruptions. 

 No further changes required following feedback throughout 24 July to 31 August 2023

Container Capacity Review

Since February 2023, we have been collecting feedback on capacity, most notably with stevedores. As a result, changes have been incorporated into the final September 2023 Container Capacity Review with scenarios updated reflecting feedback relating to:
·         Gross crane rates
·         TEU ratio
·         Berth utilisation
·         Seasonal peaking
·         Ship fleet forecast scenario.

We thank all of our stakeholders for their feedback and participation. On 21 September 2023 PoM closed out the PCEP Stage One engagement program. 

Stage Two – Cost Benefit Analysis

We are currently planning the engagement approach for the Cost Benefit Analysis with consideration for feedback received during Stage One engagement. We will notify stakeholders when information is available on next steps and timing.