Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
61 Export & Import The volume and variety of cargo transported to and from the port from this catchment is a major freight and logistics task. The critical mass and economies of scale generated by the port’s cargo volume has contributed to Melbourne’s success as the “port of choice”, and through continued improvements to marine and land service frequency, has made it the natural transport hub for south-eastern Australia. With strong growth in international trade, the Port of Melbourne must continue to invest and develop the necessary marine and landside infrastructure to accommodate demand. In this regard, PoMC is engaged in a number of critical transport infrastructure projects. Since PoMC was formed in 2003, over $210 million has been invested in key infrastructure (this is in addition to the Channel Deepening Project). The Channel Deepening Project is undoubtedly the most high-profile and complex project ever undertaken in the long history of the Port of Melbourne. The approvals and preparations for the delivery of the Channel Deepening Project has been a priority for PoMC. Following the release of the comprehensive Supplementary Environment Effects Statement (SEES) in March 2007, PoMC secured the necessary approvals for dredging in Port Phillip Bay and is progressing well with deepening parts of the shipping channels to allow for 14 metre draught vessels at all tides. Dredging began in February 2008 and is well on track to meet the completion target of late 2009.
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