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Port of Melbourne and Qube to fight box congestion

Published: 08/02/2021

Port of Melbourne and Qube to fight box congestion

Port of Melbourne and Qube have announced an agreement to help ease shipping container congestion

The Port of Melbourne and the Australian logistics provider Qube have secured a short-term agreement which makes available an empty container park (ECP) with capacity for up to 9,000TEU.

The allocation of a 60,000m² site within the Port of Melbourne’s Swanson Dock precinct, which is operational immediately under Qube’s management, follows ongoing discussions between Port of Melbourne, Qube and Freight Victoria, a Department of Transport body established to facilitate logistics in the state of Victoria.

Port of Melbourne CEO, Brendan Bourke, said he was pleased that the parties were able to come to a solution that would help alleviate the backlog of empty shipping containers across the supply chain as a result of strong and sustained import volumes.

“It’s critical that the port supply chain is able to able to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, and part of that is making sure that empty containers can be moved and utilised to enable the flow of goods into and out of the port,” he added.

At the same time, Qube’s chief operating officer Paul Digney commented, “Qube is delighted to be part of the solution with the Port of Melbourne and we look forward to support from the industry.”

“We have closely monitored land requirements for the supply chain throughout the pandemic. As a result, we’ve been able to reallocate a parcel of land for a period of time which allows Qube to make use of the site while we work with industry towards longer-term solutions”, added Bourke.

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