Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed as consultants for hydrodynamics and dredge material management for the Port of Hastings container terminal expansion in Victoria, Australia.74 million) package announced in April 2013; allocated over four years from July 2013. The Port of Hastings lies 72 km to the south east of Melbourne Australia, expansion of the container terminal is funded by a AU$100 million (€74 million) package announced in April 2013; allocated over four years from July 2013.
The Port of Hastings Development Authority, created in January 2012, is responsible for facilitating expansion of the Port of Hastings to increase capacity and competition in the container ports sector servicing Melbourne and Victoria. Detailed environmental and planning studies for the Port of Hastings container expansion will soon be underway, with specialist consultants now appointed.
Victorian Minister for Ports David Hodgett announced that, following a six-month procurement period, contractors were on board to develop the business case and complete detailed environmental studies. This process would be carried out over the next three to four years. “The appointment of the five specialist consultants demonstrates the highly detailed and comprehensive approach the Port of Hastings Development Authority is undertaking with the planning of the container expansion,” Mr Hodgett said. “A full assessment of the project in key areas, such as port planning and design and environment, will soon be underway to see this important development progressed.”
Earlier Mr Hodgett said the expansion will ensure Victoria remains the freight and logistics capital of Australia. “The Port of Hastings will complement the Port of Melbourne which is currently undergoing a AU$1.6 billion (€1.1 billion) expansion of container and automotive capacity,” Mr Hodgett said.
“Import and export trade is performing strongly with more than AU$82 billion (€55 billion) in trade handled through the Port of Melbourne last financial year, including 2.51 million containers. “Victoria’s container trade is continuing to grow between five and six per cent annually and is expected to double in the next decade. Without investing to meet future demand, the State will reach capacity by the mid-2020s, even with the benefit of current expansion projects.
“When completed, this multi-billion dollar development of the Port of Hastings will ultimately provide capacity for at least 9 million containers, which is almost four times the current volume going through the Port of Melbourne. “The Port of Hastings is a critical project for Victoria and the Victorian Coalition Government is getting on with delivering the vital infrastructure our State needs,” Mr Hodgett said (RoyalHaskoningDHV).