The International Container Terminal Services Inc. has signed a contract to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance the Port of Melbourne’s new international container terminal and empty container park at Webb Dock.
Investment in the full development of the Webb Dock Container Terminal and the ECP is estimated at about AUD$550 million and forms part of the Port of Melbourne’s AUD$1.6 billion Port Capacity Project, the company said. The new facility will create about 200 new jobs at the port.
The agreement is expected to deliver global standards in modern container terminal design, innovation and operations, and will become the flagship facility in Australia’s premier port.
The project marks ICTSI’s entry into Australia, through its Australian subsidiary VICTL, and further extends ICTSI’s portfolio of managed ports to 30 terminals across six continents.
Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICTL) is 90 percent owned by ICTSI alongside its Australian partner, Anglo Ports Pty Limited.
The contract grants VICTL the rights to design, build and operate the new terminal at Webb Dock and design, build and operate the new, on-port Empty Container Park at Webb Dock East. The lease concession extends to 2040, enabling a competitive platform for the development of ICTSI’s Australian business.
“This new concession represents a major milestone for ICTSI, not only because it is our first concession in Oceania, but also because it establishes us as one of very few truly global operators with facilities on six continents,” said Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region.
“It is a premier project in a country that is considered to be a leader in infrastructure development, and we plan to introduce leading edge and proven technologies that will consistently deliver the highest levels of port performance,” he added.
“We are likewise excited by the fact that many innovations are geared towards ensuring seamless interaction between the Port, the City of Melbourne, and its surrounding communities, something we believe to be critical in the container terminals of the future,” he said.
Efficiency and transparency
“Finally, we are pleased to have a partnership with the Port of Melbourne Corporation and their Port Capacity team who have conducted the entire tender process with efficiency and transparency,” Gonzalez said.
VICTL’s development for Webb Dock Container Terminal utilizes the best-proven technologies and innovations to deliver fully-automated operations from the gate to the quayside.
“These leading edge solutions will ensure not only superior operating efficiency, but will limit the noise and light impact on surrounding communities,” he added.
Phase 1 of the terminal, to be ready for operation by end-December 2016 will have one berth of 330 meters fitted with three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, 23.7 hectares of yard and off-dock area with fully automated operations from the gate to the quayside to deliver an estimated capacity of 350,000 twenty-footer-equivalent units (TEUs).
The terminal will be able to handle vessels with a capacity of up to 8,000 TEUs.
Servicing the terminal will be a 10 hectare empty container park with a working capacity of around 200,000 TEUs.
Construction of the terminal superstructure and facilities is planned to commence in late 2014. A second phase, planned to be operational by end-December 2017, will deliver an additional two post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on a second 330-meter berth.
When fully developed and as required by volume growth, the 35.4 hectare Terminal will have a total of six post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes on 660 meters of berth, and will be able to handle up to 1.4 million TEUs annually, with the empty container park’s capacity rising to 280,000 TEUs.
VICTL is also committed to limiting the terminal’s impact on surrounding communities as well as to supporting community initiatives throughout the term of its operations at Webb Dock.
A particular focus of these initiatives will be children’s education and welfare in communities in and around the port. Programs will be developed as part of the Port of Melbourne’s consultation program, which VICTL will be actively involved in.
The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container and automotive port attracting more than 3,200 commercial ship visits each year. The growth of the Port of Melbourne continues to be a significant economic multiplier for the State of Victoria.
ICTSI is a leading port management company involved in the operation and development of marine terminals and port projects worldwide. ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships especially with economies seeking to divest port assets to the private sector.
Anglo Ports is an Australian company.
The Anglo Ports team of port and shipping experts are recognized globally for their proven track record in managing and operating container terminals and other marine facilities, port related infrastructure and ancillary services and logistics activities, both in Australia and abroad.