Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has announced that the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has selected Melbourne International Ro-Ro Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) for the development of the Automotive and Roll-On Roll–Off (RoRo) terminal in Webb Dock West.
A world class terminal for the Webb Dock West project will benefit Melbourne, and ultimately support stronger trade through the Port of Melbourne for the Automotive and RoRo industries.
“We are delighted for MIRRAT to be afforded this opportunity in Melbourne, and look forward to developing a terminal that all stakeholders, meaning the Port, vessel operators, car and equipment importers, and the community can all take pride in,” says Christopher J. Connor, President & CEO of WWL.
WWL has been a part of the Australian community for over 100 years, and today plays a significant role in the automotive, farming, construction and mining industries. WWL and its group of companies employ over 500 people across Australia.
MIRRAT as part of the WWL Terminal Holdings group of companies taps into global experience in design, development and management of terminals in a number of countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe. WWL is intrinsically linked to the maritime value chain and understands the importance of an efficient terminal connecting sea and land.
Rob Lord, Head of Oceania comments “MIRRAT will be an innovative and world class terminal that Australia, particularly Melbournians can be proud of. This terminal will be unique with a focus on modern design and strong environmental performance. Its efficient operations will support Melbourne’s growing trade requirements over the next 30 years”
The construction of the terminal will begin in late 2014 and once operational, will have the capacity to handle up to a million units per year.