WWL wins Webb Dock West auto-terminal


Hodgett expects developments to mean fewer car carrying trucks travelling through the Westgate corridor

WWL wins Webb Dock West auto-terminal
Webb Dock West construction starts this year

Webb Dock West, the jewel in the Australian auto-logistics crown, has gone officially to global player Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).

Victorian ports minister David Hodgett’s expected announcement that WWL firm Melbourne International RoRo and Auto Terminal (MIRRAT) will operate the facility came after the Port of Melbourne Corporation gave it the nod.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) gave it the green light in March on an open-access basis along with other conditions.

Construction will take place in two phases, starting later this year.

Phase one will be the construction of a new 185,000 square metre facility north of the current Webb Dock West car terminal, due to be completed early 2016.

Phase two will be the incorporation of the current automotive terminal at the south end of Webb Dock West from January 1, 2018.

When all completed, the facility will have a total berth length of 920 metres, which replaces the existing single berth pontoon, and capacity to handle up to 1 million units a year.

A vehicle appointment system will ensure good traffic flow in and out of the facility, as well as minimise the impact on surrounding road infrastructure, WWL says.

The facility will also include a fully enclosed and weather proof 8,000 sqm cargo storage area, a maintenance area and truck parking facilities.  

"The expanded terminal consolidates all of the trade at a single location," Hodgett says.

"Combined with the new pre-delivery inspection hub, it reduces the number of car carrying trucks travelling through the Westgate corridor, as well as the number of double shuttles across the Westgate where cars destined for dealerships in the east are sent to depots in the west, before heading back to the eastern suburbs."

WWL vice president and head of land-based operations in Asia-Pacific Kim Buoy pledged MIRRAT would operate "a highly competitive and efficient terminal, as well as setting new standards for sustainability".

WWL says the design was developed in partnership with Hyder Consulting and PLUS Architecture, while Leighton Contractors will build the facility.

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