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DP World Melbourne volume to exceed capacity following congestion

The heavily congested DP World terminal at the Port of Melbourne is now set to exceed its capacity over the long weekend. Find out what this means for operators below

Following announcements earlier this week that DP World’s Melbourne West Swanson Terminal is experiencing extreme congestion due to an IT reboot and ongoing construction, the terminal is now set to exceed capacity.

A current view of the terminal shows that a concrete pour has been completed in the north park of the terminal to accommodate new drive-on truck grids.

This redevelopment will be progressively commissioned as the concrete cures over the coming weeks, but until then, more than a third of the landside capacity remains unavailable for operations.

Now, DP World has suggested that the upcoming long weekend will see “the volume of cargo for vessels cutting off and available to exceed the road capacity on multiple shifts”.

The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) has revealed that DP World indicates that this is due to vessel bunching.

“Particularly considering 2xA3N service vessels (ANL) have been calling within 24 hours of one another rather than the scheduled seven days apart,” DP World says.

“Demand for preferred operational times will far outstrip what can be supplied and full use of every zone that the terminal is open will be required.”

This means that truck turnaround times have blown out on some shifts to more than four hours, meaning operators miss subsequent vehicle time slots and can’t complete their planned freight tasks.

DP World says it won’t be able to accommodate preferred slotting times for the vast majority of the landside industry, with the CTAA urging freight forwarders, importers and exporters to speak with container transport providers about the impacts of the delays.

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