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Melbourne port in container logistics study

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Melbourne port in container logistics study
Brendan Bourke and Melissa Horne


The Port of Melbourne (POM) is to conduct a $1 million industry study of container logistics.

The outcome will be aimed at informing Victoria’s future freight and containerised trade logistics.

It will analyse the complex logistics chain that enables tens of thousands of containers to move to and from the Port of Melbourne each week.

POM believes a fresh understanding of international and coastal container trade is critical to ensuring that appropriate infrastructure, industrial land, planning controls and policy settings are in place to support a responsive and productive supply chain.

"We have been planning this study for some time, but Covid-19 highlights how vital the Port of Melbourne and the international supply chain are to the Victorian and national economy," POM CEO Brendan Bourke says.

"With population growth, demographic changes and shifts in consumer behaviour, managing the freight and transport network today, while planning for the future, requires a thorough understanding of the supply chain and the infrastructure needs that underpin it."

The 2020 Port of Melbourne Container Logistics Chain Study (2020 CLCS) will update work undertaken by the port more than 10 years ago.

"We know from stakeholder feedback that the 2009 study has greatly assisted government and industry during the past decade in its business planning and investment decisions," Bourke says

"We all need reliable information to support our organisations’ future directions, as well as our collective efforts to ensure our industry continues to underpin the state’s economy and competitive edge."

The state government points out that the data from the last study was used to assess the freight benefits of key projects including the West Gate Tunnel project and the planned intermodal freight precinct at Truganina.

The new research will provide "a current and comprehensive picture of the port’s import and export container trade activities throughout the metropolitan area, regional Victoria and interstate@.

POM now seeks the cooperation of its stakeholder network to ensure the necessary data is provided to enable a cohesive and representative picture of container activities to be developed.

"The success of this study will rely heavily on industry support. We look forward to sharing the findings with all stakeholders so that port users and the wider supply chain can be better informed," Bourke says.

The study is supported by the state Department of Transport and ports and freight minister Melissa Horne echoes the sentiment.

"With Victoria growing rapidly, our freight volumes are set to increase substantially in coming years, so it’s more vital than ever that we have the detailed information we need to plan for the future," Horne says.

"I know this is a busy and challenging time for the industry, but I urge the freight sector to participate in this important once-in-a-decade study."

For more information or to register interest in the CLCS visit here.

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