WITH increasing demand for shipping capacity on the Bass Strait, Toll ANL Bass Strait Shipping plans to replace its two ro-ro vessels on the trade with larger ones.
To accommodate these larger vessels at the Port of Melbourne, Toll is required to undertake upgrades and improvements to the existing berthing infrastructure at Melbourne and Burnie.
Toll’s vessels call at Webb Dock East Berth 1, and Port of Melbourne is to undertake a dredging program to make the berth accessible to these larger vessels. The Port plans to dispose of the dredge spoil at the Port of Melbourne Dredged Material Ground in Port Phillip Bay.
This proposed upgrade has undergone environmental review and the final regulatory consents are expected in the near future.
Berth upgrade construction at Webb Dock East Berth 1 has already begun, while the dredging operations are expected to start in November of this year, with the full upgrade program slated for completion in autumn 2019.