- The A$1.6bn redevelopment of the Webb Dock precinct is a major part of the port expansion program.
- As Australia‘s largest container and general cargo port, the Port of Melbourne is of great importance to the Victorian and national economy.
As Australia‘s largest container and general cargo port, the Port of Melbourne is of great importance to the Victorian and national economy. Trade forecasts indicate that container and general cargo throughput demand will grow substantially in the next few decades. To meet these demands, Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has taken steps to provide additional capacity through numerous programs, including an A$1.6bn redevelopment of Webb Dock.
Arup is providing the PoMC with extensive maritime engineering consulting services for the redevelopment, including re-engineering the existing wharves at Webb Dock East, a new 900m wharf at Webb Dock West and associated dredging and navigation works.
The project will reconfigure and redevelop Webb Dock East, returning it to its original role as an international container handling facility. This new terminal will be capable of handling the equivalent of at least one million containers per annum. At Webb Dock West, a state of the art automotive facility will be created with capacity to handle 600,000 vehicles annually.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Ports David Hodgett were present for the breaking of ground for the redevelopment in March 2013. The works at Webb Dock are scheduled for completion in January 2017.