VICT extends landside opening hours

CTAA sees Melbourne stevedore’s trial move as positive step

VICT extends landside opening hours
VICT will trial opening longer


Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) is to extend its opening hours for the state’s container haulage trucking operators in a five-week trial.

The port facility’s landside operations will be 24/5, closing from 2pm Saturdays to 6am Sundays and once again 2pm Sunday to 6am Monday.

"VICT will review this arrangement after four weeks (26th April) to assess whether there has been sufficient uptake of slots across the nightshift to warrant a continuation of these operating hours," the stevedore states in an update.

"We hope that this is well received by transport operators and encourage carriers to make use of this additional availability."

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Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) sees the move as one step in the right direction.

CTAA director Neil Chambers indicates that "landside logistics operators have been concerned for some time to see operating hours at VICT extended to allow for consistent night-shift operations".

"It is a characteristic of the larger-volume container transport operators in Melbourne to predominately conduct import pick-ups and export receivals at container stevedore terminals at night, ultilising the most efficient heavy vehicle combinations possible to increase truck utilisation rates."

"There has been some frustration expressed in the past that trucks needed to be diverted during day shift to do business with VICT because of their limited, predominately daytime operating hours.

"Another issue is that VICT slapped on a massive increase in its landside infrastructure charge levied on transport operators from March 2019 – up 77 per cent from $48 to $85 per full container."

"At least this commitment to longer operating hours off-sets that massive cost impost to a degree.

"CTAA urges all container transport operators in Melbourne to take up the additional nightshift container slot capacity which will arise from these increased operational hours."


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