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PostPosted: 18 Oct 2011, 00:19 
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Full Steam Ahead for Our New Port at Hastings

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/mor...-1226167535133

A NEW 30km road or rail link through Melbourne's southeastern suburbs is the key to the Baillieu Government's multi-billion-dollar development of a new deep-water port at Hastings.

Releasing key details of the project for the first time, Ports Minister Denis Napthine described it as the biggest infrastructure project in Victoria in a century.

The development will see the Port of Melbourne replaced as the state's main port and the engine room of the Victorian economy.

A dedicated road or rail link, running parallel to the existing Western Port Highway, would potentially link the port to a new distribution centre, or "inland port", near Dandenong.

Giant driver-less trucks, similar to those used in mines, are one of the options under consideration to move millions of containers and other freight from Hastings to the new inland port for distribution across the city and state.

A soon-to-be-appointed Port of Hastings Authority will be ordered to evaluate building the first Australian electric truck link between the port and the land likely to be set aside between Dandenong and Lyndhurst for the freight hub.

Remote-controlled trucks driven by computer and powered by electricity are being considered for the route, as the Government takes a state-of-the-art approach to an election commitment it believes will be the centrepiece of Victoria's economic future.

In a major shake-up of the state's jobs and industrial base, the Government next year will appeal to the Gillard Government for urgent funding to fast-track the development.

Dr Napthine said the port and its transport links - to be up and running within 10 years to 15 years - would define the Baillieu Government and shape the state's future for the next 100 years.

"In terms of significance to the growth and development of Victoria, this will be the biggest project since CityLink, and I think it will even be bigger than CityLink in terms of the opportunities it creates for Victoria," he said.

"It's one of the biggest projects in the state's history. It is a project that is about the next 100 years of Victoria, and it's absolutely vital to our state."

But critics say it is likely to lead to widespread commuter chaos on the state's rail and road networks, with industry experts predicting traffic gridlock, unless costly major changes are introduced.

In an exclusive briefing to the Sunday Herald Sun, Dr Napthine confirmed:

PRIVATE property owners will have their land compulsorily acquired to make way for the port. But it has not yet been decided where and when.

THE Government will consider dropping tolls on EastLink at off-peak times in a bid to get freight moving outside peak periods.

THE port's main operations centre could be built off-site, with workers operating infrastructure remotely.

HIGH costs, transport links and environmental impacts will present major challenges to the Government in the port's construction.

POSITIONS on the Port of Hastings Authority board have been advertised and will be filled this year to start work on January 1, with their first job a cost-benefit analysis.

NO DETAILED costings or mapping have been conducted since the former Labor government released reports on the port last year and in 2006.

Treasury last year estimated the cost of constructing the port in the decade at $9.4 billion and the State Opposition said it would put 6000 more trucks a day on our roads and 16 new trains on rail lines. Dr Napthine (above) dismissed both estimations, but could not provide alternate figures.

He said privatising the port "was not part of the plan", but did not rule it out.

The Government has dismissed two transport options, advised by the former government - a rail link to Gippsland and use of the Frankston-Stony Point rail line - and settled on the Western Port Highway as the preferred corridor for goods transport.

Dr Napthine said a decision had not yet been made about exactly how and where containers would move to and from the port, but said it would definitely flank Western Port Highway.

"There are potentially options to have a dedicated truck route that runs parallel to the Western Port Highway, but doesn't have any disruption of the Western Port Highway," he said.

"Or it may be that there is a dedicated rail shuttle that would use that same corridor to and from the inland port that you then distribute goods from there in var- ious ways."

The "inland port" - a hub for trucks and rail - is likely to be built about 30km north of the port, between Dandenong and Lyndhurst.

Dr Napthine predicted minimal development on the coastal area and more construction on quarantine, storage, customs and logistics facilities in the city's southeast.

Plans for the port, which will handle more than two million shipping containers a year, have sparked fears of traffic mayhem, as road and rail networks are deemed too weak to handle the extra pressure.

A port authority study released this year shows most containers would need to be delivered to Melbourne's west, meaning a widespread overhaul of rail and road passages across the city is needed to avoid traffic chaos.

The Victorian Transport Association called for bigger limits on truck sizes so more containers can be moved per vehicle.

VTA deputy chief executive Neil Chambers said the M1 should be part of a large-scale upgrade or the city's major arteries could clog with the added traffic.

The Port of Melbourne's container logistic chain study, conducted by the Port of Melbourne under the former Brumby government, shows western and northern areas, such as Laverton North, Somerton, Altona and Tullamarine, rank among the most common places where containers are delivered.

"Containers will be ... stevedored at Hastings, but will need to travel to Altona and Campbellfield," he said.

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 Post subject: Re: Hastings Project
PostPosted: 18 Oct 2011, 18:30 
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They haven't really given any reason for this move. Seems that relocating the port away from the Western Suburbs will simply require that greater distances be traveled by goods whose ultimate destination is in the West. What's wrong with the current port?


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PostPosted: 18 Oct 2011, 19:19 
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I think a problem with Port of Melbourne is that it is already the countries largest. Accounts for 40% of Australia's container imports. And it is expected to Quadriple the number of containers in the next 20-30 years. There possibly is not enough space there to take that much. Also Hastings is a deep water Harbour and will not require dredging, where as Port Melbourne and Port Phillip will both require on going dredging for on going use by larger container ships, which are becomign more popular.
Port Hastings expansion I do not think is planned to replace Port Melbourne, but will alleviate the pressure being placed on Port Melbourne.

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 Post subject: Re: Hastings Project
PostPosted: 18 Oct 2011, 19:47 
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As dbruc says, the coming generation of large container ships could not make it through the current channels in the bay even with considerable blasting and dredging. Already some larger ships cannot enter the bay or leave the bay if they are fully loaded. This is a planning issue which has been known for years (and as usual our journalists did not think it worthy of mention) and Victoria has very few options for a deep water port. As to whether the current proposal is the best option, I bet I will hear plenty of informed opinion at Friday night drinks form my colleagues whose specialty is freight logistics planning - which mine isn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Hastings Project
PostPosted: 18 Oct 2011, 22:44 
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And so,
Melbourne Bay Bridge, or Port Phillip Bay Bridge - Forum recently recommenced - looks more probable. Port of Hastings container transfers to the west over a bridge in minutes does make a lot of sense. No going through Melbourne CBD. No trucks on a Ferry in uneven seas across Port Phillip on several occassions per day rather than THE Bridge which is 24/7 and a journey completed in minutes.

Federal Funding associated with this project at Port of Hastings and connecting to Eastlink makes sense too. It would mean that Melbourne's busiest Industrial corridor from Ringwood along Eastlink to Dandenong has a direct Freeway route to Port, and it produces more business; per se. (Latin) than exists between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Federal Funding for the Electricty Generators based on tidal power at Port Phillip Heads will likely come from Carbon Tax Green Project Initiatives http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/ww ... -tidal.asp

TWO things. 1/ I'm amazed that this could happen so quickly. 2/ Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco has 6 lanes and opened in 1937. 74 years ago!


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 Post subject: Re: Hastings Project
PostPosted: 24 Oct 2011, 17:40 
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^ I've replied to part of your post in the specific Port Philip Bridge thread.

The biggest challenge I see for the developers of the new port is the distribution of the containers/goods after they leave the 'inland port' near Dandenong. It would be impossible to use rail as a mode of transport at the moment because of the lack of nearby Standard Gauge links to the rest of the nation. The Port of Melbourne does feature such links now, making it easy to transfer containers onto trains for interstate as well as intrastate distribution.

It would not be an easy task to remedy the situation either. Assuming that it would be more efficient to use rail to transport containers to and from, say, distribution centres to the north and west of the city (like the logistics centre on the rail line at Laverton and the factories and warehouses on the rail line at Somerton), how and where does that link get built? To use the existing corridor from Dandenong to the City would require travelling through both Flinders St and Southern Cross Stations and another viaduct in between, apart from the amplification of tracks elsewhere. The Port Philip bridge may not cut it either - it would add 55km to the Hastings-Laverton journey compared to now and means that the inland port is superfluous. Transporting the containers by road from the inland port to other distribution centres, which might then see them end up back on trains again, would not only clog the roads but result in expensive triple handling.

Would it be better to build a Standard Gauge railway along the Eastlink corridor and extend it along the long-imagined route through Eltham to the northern suburbs? It could pick up the new fruit & vege market, currently under construction near Epping, along the way before linking up with the existing Standard Gauge at Somerton. From a junction there it would then enable container transport by rail to Sydney or Adelaide, and everywhere in between, as it does now.


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