Greater freight capacity and services to be available from Geelong Port with its latest port expansion project.
The construction of the terminal port includes shifting the Spirit of Tasmania service from Port Melbourne to Geelong Port to provide Tasmania with a new experience while allowing its freight business to expand.
“The terminal fit out and the civil works element of the project on Corio Quay Road are coming along well,” Geelong Port CEO Brett Winter told Infrastructure Magazine.
Mr. Winter said works on the interface to the general freight area are also continuing to build as the $135 million project takes shape, with the site north of Geelong becoming a 12-hectare space for passenger and freight terminal projects once finished.
The freight yard section of the port will also allow for cargo to be picked up or dropped off at any time. This will also remove some of the current freight constraints off of Port Melbourne’s Station Pier, where freight must be immediately collected upon discharge.
Thanks to its relative positioning, the expanded facility will also be located within approx 40 minutes of 80 percent of Victoria’s freight customers while only being 55 minutes from the Melbourne CBD.
The facility will host a dedicated freight terminal alongside specific freight entry and exit points, and 150 truck parking bays, and will be home to the Spirit of Tasmania from October 2022, operating a new, state-of-the-art terminal, called Spirit of Tasmania Quay.
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