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In May 2017 Infrastructure Victoria provided advice to the Victorian Government on when to invest in container port capacity and whether a second container port should be located at the existing Port of Hastings, or a new Bay West location.

There were three key elements of the advice:

Capacity of Victoria’s existing commercial ports should be optimised, having regard to social and environmental factors, before any investment in a second major container port

The Port of Melbourne should be developed to a capacity of approximately 8 Million TEU, with some trades relocated to Victoria’s other commercial ports at Hastings, Portland and Geelong. Capacity at the Port of Melbourne could be increased to approximately 8 million TEU without building a dedicated road and rail Freight Link through Fishermans Bend to Webb Dock.

A second major container port will not be required until the Port of Melbourne reaches approximately 8 million TEU which is likely to be around 2055

Detailed development planning for a second major container port needs to begin approximately 15 years prior to the port being required. Based on current analysis and projections, detailed planning for a second major container port should begin around 2040, with the new port to begin operation around 2055. Land use planning actions to secure necessary need to be taken as soon as possible.

Bay West is the preferred location for a second major container port

Bay West has strong transport, land use, environmental and amenity advantages, when compared to Hastings. Bay West is a good options for catering to container demand once capacity at the Port of Melbourne has been exhausted and is also well suited to becoming Melbourne’s future container port in the long term.

To support implementation of our advice, Infrastructure Victoria made 19 recommendations across the following six themes:

  1. Monitor and publicly report on key port related indicators
  2. Optimise the capacity of existing ports
  3. Understand the variables that may alter planning timelines
  4. Preserve long-term port options
  5. Baseline and monitor environmental conditions
  6. Optimise governance of Victorian ports

You can read the entire advice to government here.

Timeline

May 2016

Victorian Government requested advice on ports capacity

September 2016

Infrastructure Victoria published a discussion paper

October - November 2016

Infrastructure Victoria consulted stakeholders and the community on ports capacity

March 2017

Infrastructure Victoria published evidence base and a discussion paper to inform advice

March - April 2017

Infrastructure Victoria consulted stakeholders on the evidence

May 2017

Infrastructure Victoria provided advice to government on the future need, timing and location of a second container port

Advice on securing Victoria's ports capacity - May 2017
Second container port advice evidence base discussion paper - March 2017
Ports advice introductory discussion paper, September 2016
Deloitte, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice Multi Criteria Assessment - 24 April 2017
Deloitte, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice, Economic Advice - 24 April 2017
Deloitte, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice, Supply Chain Assessment - 24 April 2017
Deloitte, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice, Social Amenity Impacts of Port-Related Freight Movement - 24 April 2017
Deloitte, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice Container Trade Forecasts for Victoria - 13 February 2017
Deloitte, TEU Cost Assessment - 28 February 2017
Drewry, Container Ship Fleet Forecast and Maritime Economic Assessment - March 2017
GHD/KPMG Review of Preliminary Container Demand Work - March 2017
Victoria University Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, Indicative Estimates of Commodities and Truck Volumes from Container Destinations in Melbourne - 3 February 2017
Aecom/GHD, Channel Design for Construction - Stage 1 Preliminary Recommendations for Dredging Tolerances and Batter Slopes - May 2016
Aecom/GHD, Initial Berth Alignment and Terminal Footprint - May 2016
Aecom/GHD, Vessel Clearances and Safety Zones at Long Island Point - May 2016
Aurecon, Marine Geophysics Survey Final Interpretative Report - Part 1 to 3 - March 2017
Baggerman and Associates, Infrastructure Victoria Ports Planning Advice Engineering Services - Dredging and Reclamation part 1 and 2 - 28 April 2017
GHD/Aecom, Channel Design for Navigation Report - Part 1 and 2 - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Real Time Navigation Simulation Report - May 2016
GHD, Infrastructure Victoria Port Phillip Bay Geophysics Survey - Part 1 and 2
GHD, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice - Concept Options - Bay West and Hastings - May 2017
GHD, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice - Estimated Capacity of the Port of Melbourne - May 2017
GHD/Aecom, Basis of Design - March 2017
GHD/Aecom, Concept Channel Design and Channel Development Strategy - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Dredging & Reclamation - Ground Improvement - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Geotechnical Interpretive Report - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Interim Structural Design Options Assessment Report - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Port Precinct and Environs Preliminary Planning Concepts - May 2016
GHD/Aecom, Services and Utilities Assessment - May 2016
Guy Holdgate and Associates, Bay West Preliminary Geotechnical Investigation - March 2017
WorleyParsons, Factual Report on Marine Geotechnical Investigation - March 2017
Andrew Long and Assoc. for GHD/Aecom, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Predictive Model Report - March 2017
Biosis for GHD/Aecom, Port of Hastings Flora and Fauna Assessment of Crown Land and BlueScope Steel Property (within SUZ1) - March 2017
Biosis for GHD/Aecom, Waterbirds - Desktop Review and Study Design - March 2017
CEE for GHD/Aecom, Seagrass - Desktop Review and Study Design - March 2017
Deakin University - for GHD/Aecom, Benthic Habitat Mapping in Western Port - Desktop Review and Study Design - March 2017
Environmental Geosurveys, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice Geomorphology - January 2017
GHD/Aecom, Preliminary Review and Analysis of Recreation, Amenity and Heritage Issues - March 2017
GHD, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice - Environment & Social Advice - May 2017
GHD, Port of Hastings Container Expansion Project - Ecology Description - Final Report - March 2017
University of Melbourne - for GHD/Aecom Marine Fish - Desktop Review and Study Design - March 2017
Aecom, Land Use Planning Desktop Assessment - March 2017
Andrew Long and Associated for GHD/Aecom, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Desktop Assessment - March 2017
Capire for GHD/Aecom, Preliminary Desktop Studies - Social Desktop Assessment - March 2017
Raylink Consulting, Frankston-Stony Point Rail Corridor Suitability for Container Freight to the Proposed Hastings Container Port - March 2017
Raylink Consulting, Rail-Port Interface Facility Preliminary Cost Estimate - March 2017
Raylink Consulting, Regional Rail East & Hastings Rail Link - Concept of Operations Report - February 2017
Raylink Consulting & John Hearsch, Rail-Port Interface Facility Preliminary Concept Investigation - February 2017
Aecom, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice Navigation Study - Part 1 to 4 - 4 May 2017
Cardno, Port of Hastings 2013 Description Report - Hydrodynamics - March 2017
Cardno, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice - Hydrodynamics - 3 May 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, An Alternative Port Concept Design - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Desktop Investigation of Offshore Sand Availability - May 2016
Royal HaskoningDHV, Dredged Materials Management Ground Treatment Options - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Dredging and Reclamation Options Report - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Dredging History in Western Port - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Early Hydrodynamic Modelling Report - 28 February 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Hydrodynamic Input for 2D Vessel Simulations - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Preliminary Siltation Analysis Western Port Shipping Channel and Berth Pockets - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Settlement Testing and TSS - Turbidity Relationships for Dredged Material Management Purposes - March 2017
Bill Scales, Second Container Port Advice Evidence Base Discussion Paper Peer Review - March 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV, Technical Studies for Peer Review - March 2017
RPS Ports Advice Workshop Report - December 2016
RPS, Second Container Port Advice Evidence Base - Submissions Summary Report - April 2017
Preparing advice for Victoria's future port capacity - discussion paper - 2016
Deloitte/Jacobs, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice, Port Strategic Transport Modelling - 4 April 2017
Deloitte/Jacobs, Infrastructure Victoria Second Container Port Advice Port Landside Transport Modelling - 13 February 2017
Biosis for GHD/Aecom, Port of Hastings SUZ1 and Land Transport Corridor - Desktop Flora and Fauna Assessment - March 2017
Lovell Chen for GHD/Aecom, HSUZ1 Area and Land Transport Corridor - Historical Heritage Desktop Assessment - March 2017
Advice on securing Victoria's ports capacity fact sheet - May 2017
Terms of reference - Advice on Victoria's second container port