VICTORIAN Premier Jacinta Allan this week unveiled the state’s new cabinet, which includes Melissa Horne as minister for ports and freight, as well as the minister for roads and road safety.

Also, Danny Pearson has been appointed minister for transport infrastructure.

Ms Allan became Premier last week after Daniel Andrews stepped down.

Container Transport Alliance welcomed the return of Ms Horne as the state’s minister for ports and freight and roads and road safety.

CTAA director Neil Chambers said her retention of the portfolios allows CTAA to work closely with her and her advisers on important productivity and efficiency measures in Victoria’s container logistics sector.

“Recent examples of collaborative efforts between industry and the minister include the release of the Strategic Review of the Victorian Empty Container Supply Chain in September 2021, followed by the recent Empty Container Park Paperless Truck Entry Trial Report, which analysed truck turnaround time productivity in Melbourne’s Empty Container Parks (ECPs),” Mr Chambers said.

“The minister has also overseen the expansion of Victoria’s Voluntary Port Performance Monitoring regime to highlight key performance indicators in the interfaces between landside logistics operators and Melbourne’s container terminals, and now including several performance indicators on empty container management.”

CTAA also welcomed the appointment of Danny Pearson as minister for transport infrastructure.

“The West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) has caused significant disruption to the operation of landside container logistics through the Port of Melbourne, with further disruption anticipated through to the end of 2024 ahead of project finalisation,” Mr Chambers said.