Gridlock on the Monash if the Port Hastings Development Goes ahead


MELBOURNE’S busiest arterial roads, the Monash Freeway and the Ring Road, could grind to a halt should the Port of Hastings become a second container port.

An extra 40,000 trucks a day would hit the roads, according to two independent reports on the impact on traffic of the new port.

Consultant Deloitte, in leaked road modelling seen by the Herald Sun, has estimated that an extra 30,000-35,000 trucks would take to the Monash on a weekday.

Refer to Victoria University Paper Build it but will they come by clicking here

Dr Hermoine Parsons - Director Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics & Mr Peter Van Duyn

Dr Hermoine Parsons - Director Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics & Mr Peter Van Duyn

The Size of Container Ships

The size of modern ships is quiet mind blowing.  The future of logistics is to use Super size container ships that are completely automated.  To read more about why Western port is unsuitable for shipping by industry experts visit the link to the recent conference notes. It makes no sense at all if large corporations have Logistics and warehousing investment on the other side of the bay. To add further transport costs and overheads is not realistic.  Meanwhile here is a visual reference.  Four times higher than the San Remo Bridge and twice the length of the MCG. 

Modern Container Ships

Modern Container Ships

Build it but will they come?

Recently members of the group attended a Victoria University conference to look at the Logistics and Supply chain issues surrounding the development of the Port of Hastings.  

The Victorian Government is committed to expanding the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s next container freight port. An allocation of $110 million was made in May 2013 to fund the planning of the proposed port by the newly established Port of Hastings Development Authority, with all necessary planning and environmental approvals to be completed by 2017. The plan is for construction to begin in 2018 and to be completed by 2027 at the latest, excluding major road and rail construction across Metropolitan Melbourne, at an estimated cost of $12 billion. 

Planning for the alternatives to the Port of Hastings ceased in May 2013, yet long lead times in planning for and delivering new port capacity requires a continuation of planning for alternatives, should for any reason, the Port of Hastings development project fail.

Read a full outline of the conference at the Victoria University site