Aus­tralia’s big­gest au­to­mo­tive ter­mi­nal opens in Mel­bourne

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Phase one of Aus­tralia’s largest ro-ro and au­to­mo­tive ter­mi­nal has opened at Webb Dock West, Mel­bourne. The Mel­bourne in­ter­na­tional roro and au­to­mo­tive ter­mi­nal (MIRRAT) has been un­der con­struc­tion for the last 18 months and in­cludes a new 185,000 sqm fa­cil­ity north of the cur­rent Webb Dock West car ter­mi­nal. A sec­ond phase in­volv­ing ex­pan­sion of the cur­rent au­to­mo­tive ter­mi­nal at the south end of Webb Dock West is due to start op­er­at­ing in Jan­uary 2018.

Wal­le­nius Wil­helm­sen Lo­gis­tics (WWL) will op­er­ate both ter­mi­nals through its sub­sidiary MIRRAT af­ter win­ning the bid to de­sign, con­struct and op­er­ate the new ter­mi­nal in 2014. Ex­pan­sion of the au­to­mo­tive fa­cil­ity at Webb Dock, which is be­ing en­tirely funded by the Port of Mel­bourne Cor­po­ra­tion, will cost some A$400m ($303m) and is part of a big­ger A$1.6 bil­lion ($1.21 bil­lion) devel­op­ment project at Aus­tralia’s largest port. The ter­mi­nal de­sign in­cludes 4,800 au­to­mo­tive lay­down bays, 20,000 sqm of heavy­duty hard­stand­ing, two ve­hi­cle wash­ing bays.

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