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.
A video explaining the project can viewed below.
Webb Dock East Extension Video
Port of Melbourne CEO Saul Cannon made the announcement at Webb Dock East, and was joined by CEO of VICT, Tim Vancampen and Managing Director of ANL, Shane Walden.
VICT is also investing in additional infrastructure to support the market with faster vessel turn around and additional slots for their landside customers.
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.
(Left to right: Shane Walden, Saul Cannon, Tim Vancampen)