Project overview

Webb Dock

The Port Capacity Project will reconfigure and redevelop Webb Dock, returning it to its original role as an international container handling facility. This new container handling terminal will be capable of handling the equivalent of at least 1 million containers per annum.

Container handling is not new to Webb Dock, which operated as a container facility from the 1970s through to the early 1990s.

Other works around the Webb Dock precinct include additional screening and landscaping, dock deepening, minor modifications and improvements to nearby parklands, provision for on-site empty container stacking at Webb Dock and construction of noise walls to reduce the impacts of the operations on nearby communities.

Automotive facilities

An automotive facility will be created on the western side of Webb Dock.

This state of the art facility will deliver additional dock capacity for vehicle export and imports. The works will expand the automotive capacity to handle in excess of 600,000 vehicles annually and will also deliver on-site pre-delivery inspection (PDI) facilities where vehicles can be fitted with custom options and prepared for dealerships.

Benefits

It will directly create around 700 full time jobs and will provide a broader competitive environment in the container stevedoring market. It also opens the way for improvements in container handling and transport logistics.

Traffic and transport

In order to facilitate the increased capacity and efficiency of the docks and movement of containers, a key focus is to improve transport links and redirect port traffic away from residential streets.

At Webb Dock, the Project will provide direct road connections onto the M1 West Gate Freeway by closing Williamstown Road to port traffic, west of the intersection of Todd Road and Williamstown Road. According to detailed traffic studies, even with an extra 1 million containers, traffic from the port using the M1 will only account for around 5% of the total traffic.

As part of appointing an operator for the new Webb Dock terminal, the port will implement ways to further reduce the impact of port traffic as well as a range of other productivity improvements including truck scheduling and dedicated port access roads.

View the Traffic management fact sheet (PDF)

Parks and buffers

The Project is committed to the retention of open spaces and improving buffering around the working port.

Upgrade works have taken place at Perce White Reserve in Port Melbourne including new boardwalks and a more family-friendly environment. Some minor modification works are necessary at Westgate Park adjoining the Webb Dock precinct.

There have also been improvements to the port's other 'buffer' zones such as along Todd Road and the Webb Dock perimeter. The creation of a new 'linear' park on port land creates a continuous path which runs from the Yarra River near the West Gate Bridge, through Westgate Park along vacant land near Todd Road and joins up with Perce White Reserve and the Webb Dock trail to a new observation platform at Webb Point.

Funding and performance

The value of the works undertaken in connection with the Project together with additional investment by the private sector has been estimated to be in the order of $1.6 billion dollars.

This amount is fully funded, at no cost to the taxpayer, by Port of Melbourne.

Environmental management

The Project is being carried out in accordance with a stringent Environment Management Plan (EMP) (PDF, 2.0 Mb).

The EMP sets out controls and safeguards to protect local port communities along with the natural land and marine environments. It  considers matters such as flora and fauna, air quality, noise and vibration, marine ecology, visual amenity and waste management.

The appropriate permits and approvals will govern dock deepening at Webb Dock.

Planning approval

Planning approval has been given by the Victorian Government in recognition of the Project's strict environmental and amenity management processes.

For the purpose of allowing an increased maximum height for container stacking at Webb Dock, in visually sensitive areas container stacking will be limited to 5 containers high while in a less visually sensitive empty container park area the limit will be 7 containers high.

Using on-site land for empty container storage will assist in reducing demand for additional off-site container storage arising from the growth in trade.

Dock deepening

It is necessary to deepen parts of Webb Dock so modern vessels can berth and manoeuvre with sufficient water depth.

The deepening works will predominantly occur within the dock area between Webb Dock East and Webb Dock West, and in parts of the dock entrance where ships are turned around (this area is commonly referred to as the 'swing basin').

The works and monitoring of operations will be overseen by a most rigorous EMP (PDF, 2.6 Mb).
 

Webb Dock

The Port Capacity Project will reconfigure and redevelop Webb Dock, returning it to its original role as an international container handling facility. This new container handling terminal will be capable of handling the equivalent of at least 1 million containers per annum.

Container handling is not new to Webb Dock, which operated as a container facility from the 1970s through to the early 1990s.

Other works around the Webb Dock precinct include additional screening and landscaping, dock deepening, minor modifications and improvements to nearby parklands, provision for on-site empty container stacking at Webb Dock and construction of noise walls to reduce the impacts of the operations on nearby communities.

Automotive facilities

An automotive facility will be created on the western side of Webb Dock.

This state of the art facility will deliver additional dock capacity for vehicle export and imports. The works will expand the automotive capacity to handle in excess of 600,000 vehicles annually and will also deliver on-site pre-delivery inspection (PDI) facilities where vehicles can be fitted with custom options and prepared for dealerships.

Benefits

It will directly create around 700 full time jobs and will provide a broader competitive environment in the container stevedoring market. It also opens the way for improvements in container handling and transport logistics.

Traffic and transport

In order to facilitate the increased capacity and efficiency of the docks and movement of containers, a key focus is to improve transport links and redirect port traffic away from residential streets.

At Webb Dock, the Project will provide direct road connections onto the M1 West Gate Freeway by closing Williamstown Road to port traffic, west of the intersection of Todd Road and Williamstown Road. According to detailed traffic studies, even with an extra 1 million containers, traffic from the port using the M1 will only account for around 5% of the total traffic.

As part of appointing an operator for the new Webb Dock terminal, the port will implement ways to further reduce the impact of port traffic as well as a range of other productivity improvements including truck scheduling and dedicated port access roads.

View the Traffic management fact sheet (PDF)

Parks and buffers

The Project is committed to the retention of open spaces and improving buffering around the working port.

Upgrade works have taken place at Perce White Reserve in Port Melbourne including new boardwalks and a more family-friendly environment. Some minor modification works are necessary at Westgate Park adjoining the Webb Dock precinct.

There have also been improvements to the port's other 'buffer' zones such as along Todd Road and the Webb Dock perimeter. The creation of a new 'linear' park on port land creates a continuous path which runs from the Yarra River near the West Gate Bridge, through Westgate Park along vacant land near Todd Road and joins up with Perce White Reserve and the Webb Dock trail to a new observation platform at Webb Point.

Funding and performance

The value of the works undertaken in connection with the Project together with additional investment by the private sector has been estimated to be in the order of $1.6 billion dollars.

This amount is fully funded, at no cost to the taxpayer, by Port of Melbourne.

Environmental management

The Project is being carried out in accordance with a stringent Environment Management Plan (EMP) (PDF, 2.0 Mb).

The EMP sets out controls and safeguards to protect local port communities along with the natural land and marine environments. It  considers matters such as flora and fauna, air quality, noise and vibration, marine ecology, visual amenity and waste management.

The appropriate permits and approvals will govern dock deepening at Webb Dock.

Planning approval

Planning approval has been given by the Victorian Government in recognition of the Project's strict environmental and amenity management processes.

For the purpose of allowing an increased maximum height for container stacking at Webb Dock, in visually sensitive areas container stacking will be limited to 5 containers high while in a less visually sensitive empty container park area the limit will be 7 containers high.

Using on-site land for empty container storage will assist in reducing demand for additional off-site container storage arising from the growth in trade.

Dock deepening

It is necessary to deepen parts of Webb Dock so modern vessels can berth and manoeuvre with sufficient water depth.

The deepening works will predominantly occur within the dock area between Webb Dock East and Webb Dock West, and in parts of the dock entrance where ships are turned around (this area is commonly referred to as the 'swing basin').

The works and monitoring of operations will be overseen by a most rigorous EMP (PDF, 2.6 Mb).