New Geelong port project to boost freight capacity

The Geelong Port CEO says the project is beginning to take shape

New Geelong port project to boost freight capacity
The new port in Geelong will take pressure off of Port Melbourne

Geelong Port has issued an update on its latest port project that will see it take on more freight capacity and services.

The construction of the terminal port includes shifting the Spirit of Tasmania service from Port Melbourne to Geelong Port to provide Tasmania with a new experience while allowing the freight business to expand.

"The terminal fit out and the civil works element of the project on Corio Quay Road are coming along well," Geelong Port CEO Brett Winter told Infrastructure Magazine.

"The broader civil works at the site are also going well, while in the marine infrastructure part of the project, work on the three-level boarding ramp for cars, caravans and trucks to board simultaneously is well advanced."

Winter says work on the interface to the general freight area is also continuing to build as the $135 million project takes shape.

The site north of Geelong will be a 12-hectare space for passenger and freight terminal projects.

Tasmanian transport minister Michael Ferguson says he’s pleased by the advances being made in the Geelong Port project.

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"It’s great to see the new precinct take shape in the lead up to welcoming our first passengers to Geelong later this year," Ferguson says.

The freight yard section of the port will also allow for cargo to be picked up or dropped off at any time while taking some of the current freight constraints off of Port Melbourne’s Station Pier that makes freight be immediately collected upon discharge.

Ferguson says the facility will also be located within 40 minutes of 80 per cent of Victoria’s freight customers while only being 55 minutes from the Melbourne CBD.

Beyond the passenger terminal design, the facility will host a dedicated freight terminal alongside specific freight entry and exit points as well as 150 truck parking bays.

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