Australia’s biggest automotive terminal opens in Melbourne
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.