Intermodal Terminal Company to invest $400m in Melbourne-based intermodal terminal

Pictured: an example of the rail / container interface at an Intermodal terminal. Photo credit: Jason Thompson via Unsplash.

Intermodal Terminal Company has announced imminent plans to build and operate a Somerton-based $400m intermodal terminal.

Somerton is a suburb of Melbourne, and the new terminal will be located at the Austrak Business Park, approximately 20km north of the Port of Melbourne; the park is also approximately 10km from Melbourne Airport. The Business Park is located near the...

Five in hospital after charter boat hits pier in Melbourne, Australia

Australia’s ABC News reports that five people were brought to hospital after the charter vessel on which they were riding struck a pier in the city of Melbourne on ..

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Victoria: 113 days of lockdown

Pictured: Flinders Street Railway Station. Photo credit: credit Weyne Yew via Unsplash.

Melburnians might perhaps not want to review last year given that they were forced to spend a lot of time – nearly a third of the year – indoors. Regular social events had to be knocked on the head and meetings were held virtually.

In August, the Port of Melbourne announced the Webb Dock East Extension, a project to deliver benefits for the port-related supply chain, and a project that is part of a 30 year...

Serious industrial action at the Port of Melbourne on the way, VICT warns

Pictured: a stack of containers; Photo credit Dale Staton via UnSplash

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) is facing imminent disruption from industrial action.

This is in the face of a union agenda to force Australia’s first fully automated container terminal to comply with “industry standards” by adopting the incompatible hours, manning and overtime conditions that govern the manually operated terminals around Australia.

Adoption of such conditions would see the terminal saddled...

Biosecurity Risk Pigeon Found In Australia May Get A Reprieve

A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk may get a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band is fake, reports ABC News.

The Incident 

A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk may get a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.

The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 3,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) away, two months...

MSC Rachele smashes records at Melbourne!

Pictured: the MSC Rachele; Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company set a record on 24 November for the heaviest container vessel that has ever entered the Port of Melbourne.

The 8,500 TEU container ship MSC Rachele successfully berthed at Swanson Dock East with a maximum arrival draught of 14.0 mt and an arrival displacement of 123,900 tons.

This achievement is set in the context of exceptionally strong import container trade volumes into Australia, particularly...

Shipping Australia responds to Port of Melbourne tariff rebalancing proposal

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Shipping Australia has previously expressed concern the the Port of Melbourne could not accommodate the larger vessels that need to use the port now. 

We congratulated the Port last year when their hydrodynamic studies and simulations led to their ability to take Bosphorusmax ships up the Yarra to Swanson Dock.

But large ships are already waiting for up to 48 hours to enter the port due to lack of suitable berths. The situation is only going to get worse if further improvements are not made...

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