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Toll’s upgrades to support bass strait trade growth for decades

  • Posted on Tuesday 6th, August 2019.

Transport and logistics company, Toll, is bringing 'world class efficiencies' to its shipping terminals at Webb Dock and Burnie as part of a $311 million investment into long-term growth for the Bass Strait trade.

The terminal upgrades, coupled with a new customer booking system, will reportedly deliver greater efficiency to the terminals’ management for the increased volumes of freight.

The upgrades, according to Toll, will provide: additional capacity to handle refrigerated freight; improved layouts, with improved lighting and safety on site; more ground slots, automated gate access; a larger site at Webb Dock; better use of available space at the Burnie terminal; and the capacity for Toll’s ships to connect to shore power while at port.

Upgrades to the terminal at Webb Dock started in March 2019 and are on track for completion by the end of 2019. Work at Burnie is scheduled to start in August.

Toll said the staged approach to the upgrade program has been planned to minimise disruption to the Bass Strait service and to ensure safe operations at all times.

Tasmania Achiever II and Victorian Reliance II, introduced in March 2019, have the capacity to carry 40 per cent more cargo than the ships that were previously in service.

"They are the largest Roll on Roll off (RoRo) vessels in Australian coastal shipping and are purpose built for the Bass Strait trade," Toll said in a statement. "The ships come with sophisticated exhaust scrubbing systems ready to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s requirements for reduced emissions. Innovations in technology, crew safety and environmental management saw the ships’ design win the prestigious Shippax RoRo Technology award in March 2019."

In other news, Toll is upgrading a freight terminal in New Zealand.

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