New VBS system up and running in Melbourne

A new vehicle booking system has been introduced at the Port of Melbourne

By Ruza Zivkusic | January 19, 2012

A new vehicle booking system has been introduced at the Port of Melbourne without a hitch, according to DP World.

Coming into effect last month, VBS allows road carriers to log on to the system and make bookings for both import and export containers.

1-Stop CEO Peter Kosmina says the introduction of the system during the peak season brought "minimum" disruption to the operations.

"DP World West Swanson’s move to the 1-Stop VBS occurred during the peak season which added risk to the process," Kosmina says.

"However, it was introduced with minimum disruption to operations, largely owing to the combined efforts from both 1-Stop and DP World personnel as well as the carriers."

He says planning and testing was carried out before the change to ensure the transition from the old system to the new process went as smoothly as possible.

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) Industry Services Director Neil Chambers says the system was introduced with minor technical hitches.

"It has been a relatively smooth process. We assisted by ensuring that VBS operators from companies had an opportunity to hear of the changeover which we ran though workshops," Chambers says.

"We had an open line of communication with DP World to try and smooth its implementation and it’s working smoothly."

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