Maersk uncertain on timing for container park rail link

By: Rob McKay

Trucking to continue servicing new Altona site until pipeline issue is resolved

Maersk uncertain on timing for container park rail link
Maersk is awaiting the outcome of negotiations


How soon a rail line will link shipping giant Maersk’s new container facility to the port of Melbourne remains unclear.

The stumbling block is the proximity of Shell fuel pipelines that are said to carry half of Victoria’s fuel.

The facility is on Salta Properties’ Nexus site in Altona and Maersk is an anchor tenant.

It is operational but it will continue to be service by trucking until the matter is resolved.

"Unfortunately we don’t have a concrete date set as they’re still in discussions about the rail link," a Maersk spokeswoman says.

Salta Properties executive chairman Sam Tarascio Snr has reportedly rebuked both Shell and the State Government over the delay.

Shell’s position is that the Pipelines Act 2005 has significant and onerous restrictions and penalties relating to operation of, risks to and building near pipelines.

"Pipelines are vital infrastructure that transport fuel between depots and customers, and are essential to keeping the Victorian economy moving," a Shell spokesman says, repeating a message made earlier to Fairfax press.

"There are regulatory requirements that both Shell and the developer have to meet in order for works at the container terminal to proceed.

"Shell is committed to complying with these standards."

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