Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bids open for operation of new $1.9 billion container facilities at Port of Melbourne
Bids opened Wednesday to manage the new Webb Dock container port, automotive terminal and inspection hub at Australia's Port of Melbourne.
Ports Minister Denis Napthine said the two automotive EOIs (expressions of interest) will be open until November 14 and the container component will be open until December 5.
Napthine said by 2035 it was expected trade through the ports would be 8 million TEUs.
"Clearly decisions were needed to make sure that Melbourne and Victoria have the capacity to deal with that container trade for our exporters and for our importers," he told reporters.
"The last thing we needed in this state was for ships to be delayed because of lack of berthing space or even worse, ships to be diverted to Sydney or Brisbane because we didn't have the capacity here in the Port of Melbourne or at other ports."
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