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Construction starts on $35M Port of Burnie upgrade: Toll

  • Posted on Wednesday 3rd, October 2018.

Transport and logistics company, Toll Group, has confirmed that from 1 March 2019, its ships will be replaced by two new, larger vessels with capacity to carry 40 per cent more cargo.

The ships, according to Toll, will boost capacity to support the Bass Strait trade and will bring state-of-the-art technology and environmental management systems that will allow the company to meet more stringent requirements in the future.

Work has started on upgrades to the wharves and terminals at Burnie and Webb Dock, Port Melbourne.

According to the Port of Melbourne, Toll is required to undertake upgrades and improvements to existing berthing infrastructure at Webb Dock East Berth 1, Melbourne and at the Port of Burnie.

Port of Melbourne will undertake the dredging program at the Webb Dock East Berth 1 to accommodate the larger vessels. Dredge spoil will be disposed of at the Port of Melbourne Dredged Material Ground in Port Phillip Bay.

The proposed upgrade and dredging has undergone an environmental review and the final regulatory consents are expected to be granted in the near future.

The berth upgrade construction has commenced at Webb Dock East Berth 1  and dredging will commence in November 2018. It is expected that the upgrade will be completed by autumn 2019.

Toll operates a sea-freight service that provides a vital link between Tasmania and mainland Australia.

The service runs twice daily from Monday to Saturday, supporting the local economy by helping Tasmanian businesses to reach interstate and international markets. Equally, the service provides Tasmanian consumers with goods from across all Australian States and Territories.

In August, TasPorts reported that it will invest more than $200 million into Tasmania’s ports to ensure the facilities are able to meet future demand and support the state’s economic growth.

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