DP World to invest $17m in Melbourne


Stevedore expects to be able to handle 100,000 more TEU following the expansion

DP World to invest $17m in Melbourne
Paul Scurrah with an arial view of the Port of Melbourne.

 

A settled outlook at the Port of Melbourne has led to DP World going ahead with a $17 million capacity upgrade, the stevedore says.

DP World Australia managing director and CEO Paul Scurrah states the decision to expand the terminal followed the recent resolution of new lease arrangements.

The certainty we have gained for our customers, service providers and the Victorian freight industry was critical in deciding to make this investment for the future," Scurrah says.

"We are investing in the future and this terminal expansion project demonstrates our commitment to growing our service offering for our customers.

"Being able to offer consistent terminal productivity during peak season is a massive bonus for us and our customers."

The $17 million project will see a 100,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) increase in container capacity at the site, from 1.3 million to 1.4 million TEU a year.

It will create 450 container storage locations for straddle operations and will dramatically improve access for trucks into the main terminal, the company insists.

It will also see construction of a new asphalt pavement, storm water drainage, new services, and the relocation and upgrade of electrical works.

Infrastructure construction firm Fulton Hogan has the development contract.

"We are pleased to be partnering with an organisation like Fulton Hogan, which is familiar with our site and has a track record of success," DP World engineering general manager Andrew Towers says.

The project is expected to be completed in March 2016.

"This project represents an opportunity for us to build on our success in the ports arena and the successful delivery and ongoing relationship we have enjoyed with DP World Australia," Fulton Hogan operations manager – southern construction Khaled Elagha says.

"We look forward to delivering an outstanding terminal expansion in Melbourne, underpinned by great safety outcomes."

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