The first phase of Australia’s largest roll-on, roll-off and vehicle terminal at Webb Dock West in Melbourne was officially inaugurated on Apr 10.
In July, 2014, the Port of Melbourne Corporation awarded the contract to design, construct and operate the new terminal to the Melbourne International RoRo and Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) as part of the country’s A$1.6bn port capacity project.
Under the first phase, a new 185,000sq m facility north of the current Webb Dock West car terminal was constructed, while the second phase will see the incorporation of the current automotive terminal at the south end of Webb Dock West from Jan 1, 2018, taking the total size of the facility to 355,000sq m.
When completed, the facility will be able to handle up to a million units a year and, with a total berth length of 920m, it will accommodate three ships at the same time. It will also include an 8,000sq m fully enclosed and weather-proof cargo storage area, a maintenance area and lorry parking facilities.